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Eating Insects and the Yuck Factor

Eating Insects and the Yuck Factor

Why do some people think consuming insects is gross? In this podcast episode, anthropologist Julie Lesnik explains the history and culture behind the aversion to including insects for dinner.    

How come some people think eating insects is disgusting? Join SAPIENS hosts Jen Shannon and Chip Colwell as they dine on many-legged delicacies and delve into the world of entomophagy with Julie Lesnik, anthropologist and author of the new book Edible Insects and Human Evolution.

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Julie Lesnik is a professor of anthropology at Wayne State University. Follow her on Twitter @JulieLesnik.

Learn more about eating insects and why more humans don’t eat bugs.

Read a transcript of this episode here.

SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human is part of the American Anthropological Association Podcast Library.

eating insects - Testing their own cultural reflexes, the SAPIENS Podcast team sampled ants and crickets at Linger, a restaurant in Denver, Colorado. (Credit: Cat Jaffee/SAPIENS)

Testing their own cultural reflexes, the SAPIENS Podcast team sampled ants and crickets at Linger, a restaurant in Denver, Colorado. Cat Jaffee/SAPIENS

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