Mosquitoes for Dinner: Reasons Why You Should Eat Insects

Have you thought of eating mosquitoes for dinner? Insects are a very good source of protein, vitamins, lipids and minerals and should be eaten instead of being sprayed with insecticide. Insecticides not only pollute the environment but also cause resistance among their target insects.

Eat insects instead of spraying them

Forget the fact that insects transmit diseases. If well grilled or prepared, there is no possibility of these nasty arthropods to transmit any disease to man or livestock. Why should you eat those insects instead of spraying them?

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  1. Most insects are a rich source of cheap proteins, minerals, vitamins and fats and should be eaten for a healthier you. Crickets, cicadas, caterpillars, locusts, beetle grubs, grasshoppers and praying mantises can all be eaten.
  2. Insects are hardy and can survive the worst of floods as well as drought unlike other plants and animals that we depend on for food.
  3. Eating insects does not pollute the environment unlike spraying them with dangerous aerosols such as Organochlorines which have a long half life and therefore persist in the environment for long.
  4. Eating insects will regulate their populations and therefore enhance ecological stability.
  5. Preparation of insects for a meal consumes less fuel and therefore conserves the environment compared to any other animal proteins available as food.

Which insects should you eat?

Nearly all insects can be eaten without any danger but some are preferred because of their special nutritive value. The following insects are a rich source of nutrients and should be eaten.

a)      Crickets are a rich source of calcium which is required for proper teeth and bone development

b)      Sago palm weevils found in Papua new guinea contain a lot of unsaturated fat which is healthier for the heart

c)      Termites are rich in iron which is important in hemoglobin formation and prevention of anemia.

d)      Silk moth larvae are rich in copper, zinc, and iron which are important regulators of metabolic reactions.

e)      Caterpillars of the moth genus Gonimbrasia (mopane worms) are very rich in protein.

f)        The Australian Witchetty grub is also used by natives as a direct source of proteins, fats and minerals.

These and many more insects can and are eaten the world over, a culture that needs to be further developed. If mosquitoes could be eaten, then malaria and other mosquito borne diseases would be a thing of the past. Are you in or out? Start eating those insects instead of spraying them!

Additional resources

Insects are food

Encyclopedia of Entomology edited by Capinera, John

Eating Maggots

Entomophagy

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  1. haha…Jimmy, you mentioned you have written everything except recipe, you see, your this post in “cooking”, haha…
    very interesting post….. for me, thanks but no thanks… I won’t eat them, unless really no choice when there are really no food and I will die of hunger and have to eat human flesh if I don’t eat them.

  2. Given a choice between insects and human flesh I would go for insects.

  3. Grilled mosquitoes! I’m not quite sold on it.

  4. i mean I won’t eat insects if there are better choices, but if no choice and to choose between insects and human, I will eat insects of course, I think by then I may not eat insects only….

  5. Thanks, but no thanks for me!

  6. This is so true. John the baptist was living on locust and honey for a long time in the wilderness. When I looked up the value of locust-What a surprise! It’s rich with protein, enzymes and lots of other goodies. Really is a super food laden with almost every nutrient the body needs. If there is ever a famine eating insects will keep us alive. I’ll wait. Love the insects on a stick pic.:}

  7. This is so true. John the baptist was living on locust and honey for a long time in the wilderness. When I looked up the value of locust-What a surprise! It is rich with protein, enzymes and lots of other goodies. Really is a super food laden with almost every nutrient the body needs. If there is ever a famine eating insects will keep us alive. I will wait. Love the insects on a stick pic.:}

  8. Interesting, my mum used to tell me about this but I never quite believed her. Knew about grasshoppers and bees, the rest of them are new. Knowledgeable write…

  9. You are not serious are you? That is disgusting. But this is a very creative article.

  10. I think most of our insects here in NZ are too small! Well, maybe the huhu grub which is our version of Aussie’s witchetty grub. In earlier times huhu grubs were part of the Maori diet. I believe they are still edible though harder to find in the bush now.

  11. Lots of good eating… for lots of folk its a have too. good share Leo cheers

  12. i don’t care about anything I can’t eat insects !

  13. I have eaten an ant just to see how it tasted, but I don’t see why we wouldn’t eat insects. We eat pigs, goats, cows and so on.

  14. nice share

  15. good one but i cant any of thise

  16. Mmmmm… I would try any of these if there is nothing available. If others can eat these maybe I still can… no kidding :)

  17. Mom says that I have eaten ants in childhood, before going to school probably. And even have flicked one or two houseflies – which are a challenge to catch :) However, one thing I know is that unlike fish, I cannot eat insects in their complete form. If somebody mashes it well like a pudding, am game for this protein rich diet. Friends tease me when I say this – saying I shd have born in china or some such country. Thanks for supporting my views Jimmy :)

  18. I believe in what you said. Yeah they are rich in protein. My dad told me he had eaten those ants, crickets, grasshoppers and the like but I think I can’t eat that for now. Maybe when there would be no choice I guess I would be forced to eat them. :)

  19. I believe in what you said. Yeah they are rich in protein. My dad told me he had eaten those ants, crickets, grasshoppers and the like but I think I can\’t eat that for now. Maybe when there would be no choice I guess I would be forced to eat them. :)

  20. Fried grasshopper… Mmmm, good!

  21. we have all eaten many bugs already, most just do not know it.

    I feel sorry for the bugs, they are small, but they want to live just as much as we do. I am not saying we shouldnt eat them, it is better to eat them than spray them that is for sure, I do not ever spray bugs.

  22. I don’t remember eating any inserts. I am not sure if I can stand the idea. Insert is often small in size, you have to eat a lot, the idea of killing a lot of lives may be too overwhelming.

  23. I must admit, it would take a lot for me to eat insects (starvation perhaps), including witchetty grubs, even though they were part of our indigenous people’s normal diet in early Australia. I would hope there will always be enough fish around instead (which I prefer). However, very informative and a great article Jimmy.

  24. I can’t still get myself to eat one. But those were really interesting information.

  25. Im vegeterian so i dont like to eat.

  26. I really couldn’t think of eating mosquitoes…nyways I’m a veggie. Hey Silaho, have you noticed that this article is posted under cooking…so finally you have written an article in this area too..

  27. This is so disgusting. I would rather eat grass than insect (I would even rather die of hunger than eat insect).

  28. nice share – gj

  29. Wish my parents introduced these as food from childhood, then I could develop the habit, now it isn’t easy.After it is about the survival of the versatile.

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  31. I’d rather stick with plants than eat insects… i really cant, even just the thought of it gives me creeps…

  32. I\’d rather stick with plants than eat insects… i really cant, even just the thought of it gives me creeps…

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