The Grossest Bugs You Don't Know You're Eating

Gag alert: The FDA allows some pretty disgusting stuff in your food, including bugs.

April 27, 2012

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Sure, bugs are consumed around the world as a healthy source of protein. But in most places, the people who are eating them know they're eating them. That's not the case here in the United States, where we're still a bit squeamish about eating insects as our sole source of protein. In a lax food-safety loophole, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided that allowing insects like mites and maggots is perfectly acceptable, to a degree, provided they don't hinder the "aesthetic" quality of foods. Aesthetic or not, do you want to eat caterpillars? Here in the United States, it's estimated that the average person unintentionally eats a pound of insects every year--and here are a few of the more disgusting bugs sneaking into your food.

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