Two billion people around the world already eat insects, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. By the way, that doesn't include the insects that somehow make it into your food without your knowledge.

Edible insects are now being promoted as a low-fat, high-protein food for people, pets and livestock, and according to the UN, the appetizing side benefits include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, and feeding millions of hungry people.

Scientists have found that red ants, small grasshoppers and some water beetles (when compared gram for gram or ounce for ounce) contain protein comparable with lean ground beef, and less fat. Edible insects can also pack useful minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc.

Sadly, there are no recipes available yet, but for more information on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's research on edible insects, go here.

If you're looking for more traditional (non-insect) recipes, be sure to visit our recipe page.

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