Science: Bugs

Bugs à la Mode

The U.S. Army and Navy, in official manuals, advise that if no other food is available, men lost in the jungle can eat termites (with wings removed), grasshoppers, crickets, ant eggs, beetle grubs. Further light on bugs as food was shed recently in the Australian Medical Journal.

Two Indian biologists, H. C. Mittra and K. Mitra, studied the nutritional value of red ants, a delicacy commanding high prices in Indian village markets. The ants, called Hau, are eaten raw. In tests on rats, Mittra & Mitra found that the ants rated high in digestibility. Chemically analyzed, they were rich...

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