|Have you tried insects in Viet Nam? Do you think it's dangerous to eat the insects here? Have you eaten insects for the purpose of survival or just to try something new?— Photo Vnepress
Entomophagy – or the consumption of insects– would be one of the words to describe the eating habits of Vietnamese people. Pupae, larvae and certain insect species such as ants, grasshoppers and stink bugs have appeared on Vietnamese dining tables during food shortages in the past. In modern times, they're appeared in favourite snacks in restaurants for many years. However, the Ministry of Health has recently had to issue a warning about eating insects after cases of certain insects harming people's health. Many Vietnamese people have indeed turned their backs against eating insects.
In contrast, eating insects has recently become a new trend in developed countries including the US, Australia and Japan. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation last summer released a publication titled "Edible insects – Future prospects for food and feed security", which promoted insects as low-fat, high protein snacks to feed the hungry. It stressed that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution.
Have you tried insects in Viet Nam? Do you think it's dangerous to eat the insects here? Have you eaten insects for the purpose of survival or just to try something new?
Would such a UN publication make you change your dietary habits? Would you start eating insects for the mentioned benefits?
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