United Nations says some insects are healthy for you

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - Jennifer Berthiaume witnesses insect eating enthusiasts on a daily basis

"To each its on, some people like them, some people don't," said Berthiaume.

And she says that one of the most popular items in the retail shop are the flavored insect treats

"We have different flavors of crickets. Sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cheddar and bacon.," said Berthiaume.

These are insects are not uncommon to eat. A report released by the United Nations states many insects are considered delicacies and command high prices. There are currently over 1,900 edible insects that people eat around the world. And those which are edible, are also very healthy for you.

"It taste like salt and vinegar potato chips," said Dan Siler.

Customers stopped by the retail shop to purchase the crickets, and larvae that were on sale. But not all insects are edible. Zoologists warn that some insects may do more harm then good to your body.

"Some worms like meal worms have a tough outer shell called kiloton, its hard for us to break down in our bodies and can cause some irritation in our digestive system" said Elizabeth Anderson.

The United Nations says that insects such as red ants, small grasshoppers and some water beetles has the same amount of enough protein as a pack of lean ground beef.

"It tastes like a lot of snack food on todays market," said Stephanie Lawrence.

And Berthiaume encourages more folks to try the treats.

"It is a unique item to give as a gift maybe for a teenager it makes for a great laugh," said Berthiaume.

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