Weird Nature

12 Common Bugs You've Probably Eaten Without Even Knowing It

Do bugs count as “clean eating”? You might want to consider this question if you care about your diet, because many seemingly healthy foods on grocery store shelves are filled with bugs you didn't know you were eating. In fact, the average person consumes about a pound-and-a-half of flies, maggots, and mites annually without even realizing it. The best part? All of this insect ingestion is in accordance with FDA regulations for food safety!

The buggy truth is, for a whole range of creepy-crawlies, the FDA Manual of Compliance Policy Guide specifies how many (and of what size!) can be in the food we eat. So, since it's “economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects,” according to the FDA, it might be time to wrap your mind around all the unlisted ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now.

The following list provides a gut-wrenching catalog of the most shocking, disgusting, and otherwise unappetizing bugs - from their larvae to their “fragments” - found in foods commonly bought and consumed in the United States. So, the next time you want to take an exotic tour of edible bugs, turn off the television and take a closer look at your dinner.