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Bug eating at the Netherlands embassy

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Billions do it - but most Americans fear eating bugs.

You may not have an appetite for cicadas and grasshoppers, but scientists say they could fend off hunger.

Daniella Martin is the host of girlmeetsbug.com.

She and a couple bug guys shared their appetite for mealworm pancakes, cricket guacamole and - not barbeque, but bug-BQ - at the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

There are six million species of insects on earth. They are crawling packets of nutrition that could fill a growing need.

“They're highly nutritious,” says Mike Raupp, University of Maryland Professor of Entomology. “They're higher in protein and lower in fat that a prime steak.”

The FDA even allows small traces of bugs in your food and that amount depends on what the food is. For example: wheat flour is allowed 150 bug parts per 100 grams.

Frozen broccoli is allowed 60 aphids or mites per 100 grams.

Elide Meengadag lives in the Netherlands where three kinds of insects are raised for human consumption.

“Europeans and Americans are not used to things, creepy crawlies and we have to get rid of them, but we have to open our minds,” says Meengadag.

First-time taste testers were even going back for seconds.

“I don't think I'm going to be digging in the garden to put those bugs on my plate, but if I could get them,” says Tessa Schuitemaker of D.C. “You can easily fry them and hide them in your food, so it's not evident we're eating them and apparently we've been eating them forever.”

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