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Turns Out the Bugs Scientists Urge You To Eat Might Be Loaded With Parasites

A new study claims the bugs scientists want you to eat might actually be full of parasites, some which could be passed to humans

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This analysis and commentary article originally appeared at HerculeanStrength.com

It seems every day we’re being bombarded with more and more “thinkpieces” about how we should – and will – be eating lots of insects in the future, instead of traditional sources of protein – which would alarm bodybuilding aficionados more than any other group!

Bugs are already making a splash as they have begun to make their way into processed foods, sweets – and chatter of bug-based supplements becoming the future.

In Canada, for instance, the Canadian government is funding the construction of the world’s largest cricket farm, for human consumption.

But the unpleasant truth, beyond the fact that eating insects is hardly appetizing for most people in the West, is that insects are also loaded with potentially harmful parasites, according to scientists.

Insects: loaded with parasites

The study in question, “A parasitological evaluation of edible insects and their role in the transmission of parasitic diseases to humans and animals,” reveals some very nasty potential problems with bug consumption:

The experimental material comprised samples of live insects (imagines) from 300 household farms and pet stores, including 75 mealworm farms, 75 house cricket farms, 75 Madagascar hissing cockroach farms and 75 migrating locust farms. Parasites were detected in 244 (81.33%) out of 300 (100%) examined insect farms. In 206 (68.67%) of the cases, the identified parasites were pathogenic for insects only; in 106 (35.33%) cases, parasites were potentially parasitic for animals; and in 91 (30.33%) cases, parasites were potentially pathogenic for humans. Edible insects are an underestimated reservoir of human and animal parasites.

Our research indicates the important role of these insects in the epidemiology of parasites pathogenic to vertebrates. Conducted parasitological examination suggests that edible insects may be the most important parasite vector for domestic insectivorous animals. According to our studies the future research should focus on the need for constant monitoring of studied insect farms for pathogens, thus increasing food and feed safety.

There is also significant uncertainty about whether chitin, a substance that is an essential part of the exoskeleton of many insects, is edible and whether consumption could be implicated in the a variety of harmful conditions, from auto-immune responses to cancer.

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    Carl

    September 9, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    If you check the craw of Prairie Grouse, you will see that even thought crickets are abundate in their habitat, they do not eat crickets. I have never found one in their craw. If Prairie grouse are smart enough to not eat crickets, why would I want to?

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    The Refusers

    September 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

    The Refusers “Eat the Bugs” – Official music video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dl5XJr3OT8

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    Jack Fanning

    September 10, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I was told in military survival school that bugs must be cooked to kill parasites. They said don’t eat raw bugs unless you knew you would be rescued soon. Then, after rescue, to tell the medical personnel checking your condition so they could treat for parasites.

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    Larry!

    September 10, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Lot of bugs in your food already,govt says its ok to have some bugs in your food for many years!!!

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    Milo

    September 11, 2022 at 8:08 am

    We are being forced to live with parasites by the Coalition of the Druggies.

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