A stand selling edible insects
Image credit: Zac Bowling [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Although I wouldn’t refer to myself as squeamish, the idea of eating bugs does push some buttons for me. I’m aware, of course, that lots of people do eat bugs, that they can be an excellent and inexpensive source of protein, and that I am subject to the cultural biases I grew up with, my best efforts notwithstanding. I’ve also frequently seen edible insects sold as snack food in supermarkets and convenience stores, so nothing about this seems shocking to me anymore. It’s just, you know, not the first (or second, or fiftieth) place my mind jumps when I’m feeling peckish. However, I will say that if I were disposed to try some insects, covering them with chocolate would certainly be a psychological help.