Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

Just when you thought you have heard it all, it turns out not to be so. Who would have thought (least of all me) that along would come a story about an 18-year-old weight lifter who chose to put aside his normal diet for a protein one of insects? Yuck!

The very thought of chomping down on scorpions, grasshoppers, ants and beetles turns me off. We are informed that at least 1,900 species of insects are edible. People around the world often eat insects as their source of protein.

I recall that back in World War II, while training as an infantry soldier, we were advised that survival in the wild might mean eating mealworms, crickets, termites, locusts and beetles. Even then, I had an aversion to eating creepy, crawly food.

Sam Broadment of Maine announced he follows a vegan diet and does not include regular animal products in his daily fare. His idea of a tasty milkshake (are you ready for this?) is one made with ground up crickets. He says he benefits from eating insects and his weight lifting has improved. He does admit that when he first began eating insects he felt “squeamish.” He found cricket powder makes his oatmeal have a nutty flavor!

I enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, but I’ll take this young man’s word about how crickets improve the taste. He claims crickets add a kind of sunflower taste to his meal and sometimes he also adds lemon juice and garlic to his insect mix. No way!

Sam, you are welcome to your choice of food diet. Guess I will stick with what mother introduced me to. I know it will not creep and crawl across my plate, and I really do not care if it tastes like sunflower seeds or not.

Got to go. My spouse just called me to dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots and green peas. Up to this point in my life, I have never known any of these foods to creep, crawl, or taste like sunflower seeds!

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each week in the weekend edition of this newspaper.

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