“You don’t want to know how the sausage is made.” The old adage is true. Trust us. Some facts about food are best left moldering in the dark, humid corner behind your kitchen cabinet. So don’t read on, dear Pandas. Don’t-- oh well. It looks like we’re not going to be able to stop you curious Pandas from checking out the true-but-disgusting food facts that the Bored Panda team has collected. They’re perfect for the spookfest that is October, just not great for your stomach.

Go on, then, scroll on down. Just remember to upvote your fave yucky and icky facts and share any other ones that you know in the comment section below. But please, promise us one thing—make sure you’re not snacking on anything as you’re reading this post!

How many bugs can legally be in your food? What’s the name of the cheese that you should steer clear of if you’re not a fan of chomping on live insects? Why is my appetite suddenly gone? The answers to these and other questions are below.

#1

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Worked at Subway 2010-12. Only thing I have to say is that tuna and seafood packaged used to have a label on it that said that it didn't contain dolphin or turtles in the meat, then that label suddenly disappeared in 2012.

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

OMG! That's creepy

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Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts I used to work in a baseball park concession stand. The short answer is not to order anything, but if you absolutely have to buy something, don't buy the hotdogs.

Do not. Buy. The hot dogs.

They made it out of the package okay, and might even have been edible after we finished grilling them - and then they went into the water. We kept three pans of water at the back of the grill, that held the hot dogs. Any hot dogs left at the end of the day went back into the fridge, and came out again the next day. Me and the other cook put our feet down on throwing out the water and old hot dogs after two full days, but the management didn't want to let us.

Oh, and our freezer broke so all the meat got stored in the ice bin. And our management always told us when the surprise health inspections were gonna show up, usually a week or so in advance.

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Monday
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1 month ago

I mean...I'm guessing there are more than enough preservatives stuffed into those hot dogs that the long storage/standing time won't make them any less edible than they were.

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#3

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Salami isnt cooked. It is technically a raw product. In its production good bacteria is added that decreased* the ph to a point that harmful bacteria such as e. coli and listeria can't survive, which then make it safe to eat. Not to mention the cool fungus that grows on the casing to protect it from dying out too much. Very neat. (Meat Science major, we make Salami and other meat products on campus in a dinky meat lab)

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Kisses4Katie
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1 month ago (edited)

You can be a MEAT MAJOR ??!! 😮

Eric Mac Fadden
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1 month ago

I would be a BBQ CAPTAIN!

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

It's a cured meat, so raw. Don't people know that?

BeazleBug
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1 month ago

This is misleading. Salami and other dried meat products are not raw. They are fermented. Yes, your pizza pepperoni too.

Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is this considered gross? We eat cured/dried meat products all over the world. It's normal.

Daria B
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1 month ago

To be honest, this one doesn't sound disgusting or shocking at all.

Ben Smith
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1 month ago

Cured meat is delicious

F. H.
Community Member
1 month ago

You only have fungus on high quality salami that doesn't come with a plastic skin.

Gerry Higgins
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1 month ago

Salami is cured. It's a kind of "cooking". The meat is no longer in a raw state. Just as ceviche the fish is not raw but it's not hot-cooked either.

Jillian Martin
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1 month ago

Meat science major????

Yana Makarevitch
Community Member
1 month ago

So what? It's delicious.

zims
Community Member
1 month ago

I wondered. What about pepperoni?

Marc
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1 month ago

Pepperoni is raw meat too.

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John Fredregill
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1 month ago

"dinky meat lab"

Barry Parker
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1 month ago

It's almost like yogurt, mushrooms, cheese, etc....so shocking! *eyeroll*

Jim Rue
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1 month ago

Meat Lab. Good name for a band or a TV show,

Stannous Flouride
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1 month ago

Many cured and smoked meats aren't cooked. And, they were developed from the poorest cuts of meat by the poor people in whatever country or culture they come from. Ironically, these have in some cases, like corned beef and pastrami which are made from the tough muscles of the brisket more expensive because breeding has shrunk their size..

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 month ago

why is this a fact that anyone would regret learning?? They're just... Keep the good bacterias in to keep the bad ones out. If you feel repulsed by that, then Idk what to say to you. You have more bacteria cells living in your gut than cells that are actually you. Get over it.

Anna Repp
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1 month ago

This is actually very cool.

Stephen Lyford
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1 month ago

*decreases *drying

Doubleheader
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to work with specialty charcuterie meat and I loved it! The white mold that grows over the casing is totally natural and edible. :) It helps keep it fresh! The only thing is that salami should definitely be a "treat." It really isn't good to mass-consume this stuff, hahah.

Rob Chapman
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1 month ago

Ham isn't cooked either. Nor is beef jerky, or prosciutto, or countless other cured meats & fish. All perfectly safe.

Nubis Knight
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1 month ago

But how that's an unwanted information? 1) of course salami is raus, 2) Fungus on camembert is also cool 3) I'm German - I LOVE "Mett" - that's raw porc, yummy with lot's of onions on a nice bun

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

So this is why it has so much preservatives?

Mishte Tine
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1 month ago

Still eating it.

COcO BAMa
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry for all you fish lovers but as a plant based person fish ain't that good either .. shrimp of sea cleaners and poo in there selfs and they eat mecury that can kill you

Ana Arena
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1 month ago

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European here: its not raw, its CURED!

F. H.
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1 month ago

It's still raw, it's even called a type of "raw sausage". Curing is not cooking. European here, too.

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"It is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects," explains the United States Food and Drug Administration (aka the FDA).

Translated from corporate-speak, this means that it’s not possible for food products to be completely free from bits of bugs, mold, animal hair, and other parts of the Great Outdoors. Sure, it might sound yucky, but we don’t even notice these ‘food defects’ the vast majority of the time and we’ve been swallowing them our entire lives.

However, nobody wants to be chomping down on chocolate bars that are entirely made up of insects. So the FDA has guidelines to keep icky bits of Mother Nature out of your snacks. For instance, CNN reports that the FDA allows an average of 10 milligrams of animal poop per pound of coffee. What’s more, 4 to 6% of the coffee beans are allowed to be moldy or infested by insects.

#4

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts There is always cow feces in all milk. Cows' assholes are right above the udder. Udders are cleaned before attaching the milking machines, but sh** happens all day long while cows are getting milked. Once you see a milking operation, you'll be REALLY glad to know that they literally pasteurize the shit out of that milk.

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F. H.
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1 month ago

It's an animal product, you can expect that.

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#5

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts One of the most expensive forms of coffee is Kopi Luwak which is coffee beans that have been eaten by a Asian Palm Civet and pooped out and can run up to $700 a kilo.

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

I know this from the movie "The Bucket List", starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman

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#6

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts You should not feed honey to children under one years old because it contains spores of a bacterium that will produce the possibly deadliest poison known to mankind

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Wouter Berg
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1 month ago

Botulism. It's called botulism. So don't give your young children honey. Also - no alcohol.

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Meanwhile, peanut butter and jelly sandwich lovers should look away from this paragraph. FDA standards permit an average of one or more rodent hairs and around 30 insect fragments for every 100 grams of peanut butter. Jelly and jam aren’t controlled, unfortunately. So something like apple butter can contain an average of 4+ rodent hairs for every 100 grams and around 5 whole insects. That’s in addition to the aphids and mites.

Finally, let’s ruin raisins for you, dear Readers. Do you know those iconic kid-sized boxes? They’ve got around 4 fruit fly eggs and a whole insect in each box. We hope that we haven’t ruined your appetite forever, dear Pandas!

#7

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Casu marzu. There exists a cheese that contains live maggot larvae on purpose.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I always wonder what goes through peoples minds before they eat something like this. Do they just think, ooh I wonder if maggot cheese tastes good, or I wonder if I can make coffee from an animals excrements etc.

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#8

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts The roe and milt of certain fish is a common delicacy across the world, including sturgeon roe, otherwise known as caviar.
While roe is widely known to be fish eggs, it's not so well known that milt is fish sperm.

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The Cute Cat
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1 month ago

This one is ok with me.. I am a cat..

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#9

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Grocery stores will sometimes mix in food colouring in with near expiration date meat to make it look fresh

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Kisses4Katie
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1 month ago

Or put a new sell by sticker on the green part of the meat.

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#10

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Usually because no restaurant ever has cleaned out the ice machine. It also depends on what they use to scoop the ice out of the machines. If you got people with dirty hands with a scoop scooping out ice you can imagine all the nasty particles that rub off on the ice etc. Do that 4-5 times a day and you see the potential for nasty to accumulate.

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

i used to eat them hen i was a kid...

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#11

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts They use shellac to make some different foods and candies more shiny. Shellac is an excretion from the lac beetle.

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Katrin
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1 month ago

And shellac is perfectly safe to eat. That’s the important thing for me.

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#12

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Canned pineapple can pack in up to 20% moldy fruit.

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F. H.
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1 month ago

Still, it's more sustainable to buy pineappe canned than whole fruits. If you chop the top of a pineapple off and put it on the ground, it will grow again. That takes much less fertilizer and water than growing it from seeds. That's what is done if the fruit goes directly to canning.

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#13

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts In the United States companies can legally sell curry powder that contains less than 100 insect fragments per 25 grams

Hops with less than 2500 aphids per 10 grams and coffee as long as less than 10% of beans are moldy.

Even with modern technology, all defects in goods cannot be eliminated. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has set allowable defect or "tolerance levels."

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F. H.
Community Member
1 month ago

What's special about that? When you grow the stuff yourself, you probably have more insects in them.

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#14

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Some raspberry flavorings come from beaver anal glands.

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zims
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1 month ago

Who...figured that out. Who in history smelled and tasted beaver a**s and said "tastes like raspberries."

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#15

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Shrimps diet consists mainly of poop. If you've ever eaten shrimp, you've eaten poop from potentially thousands of different animals including humans.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

We eat poop all the bloody time without knowing, whether it is from fruits, veg, peanut butter etc. You cannot escape it, so you just have to get used to the idea.

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#16

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Every time you eat fresh produce, you're taking the risk that no one who touched it also didn't poop in their hands. So, wash everything and enjoy your salad.

Prepackaged salads are an excellent source of bacteria. The salad gets washed once, then is sold to you.

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Flisey
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1 month ago

What country do you live in?!

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#17

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts The contents in a jar of peanut butter contains on average 2 bugs.

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F. H.
Community Member
1 month ago

Wrong. It may contain up to that amount according to hygiene standards. That doesn't mean it does.

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#18

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Uni is just sea urchin gonads.

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Megan Curl
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1 month ago

This is where I stopped reading this thread. Just NOPE.

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#19

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts FDA regulations state that ten insects and 35 fruit fly eggs per 8 oz. of raisins is OK. It doesn't stop at raisins, though.

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Haunting Spirit
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1 month ago

Long live European regulations that makes this nonsense impossible.

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#20

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Lemons have the highest fecal content of any food found in most restaurant kitchens.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

who tests this?!

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#21

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Frozen broccoli must have an average of no more than 60 aphids or thrips or mites per 100 grams.

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Katrin
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1 month ago

Those insects are so tiny it‘s impossible to wash all of them off. If you don‘t want to eat insects, become a plant and do photosynthesis.

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#22

This is the most disgusting defect in the FDA approved list! Yes, 1 kilogram of wheat may contain upto 9 rodent poop pellets. Even your favourite popcorn may contain upto 4 pellets of rodent poop. The presence of a small amount of mammalian excreta is considered to be safe for consumption.

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Good to know that at least you cook these foods.

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#23

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts chocolate bars have an average of 8 insect legs in it.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

And they use these legs to escape. I know for sure because all my chocolate bars always magically disappear.

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#24

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Oregano can legally contain up to 1,250 insect fragments per 10 grams.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

And what is the size of those insect fragments? If you're going to microscopic level, every single piece of food is contaminated in one way or another.

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#25

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Tomato paste is considered bad only if more than 45 percent contains mold.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I am sorry but if it contains just one tid bit of mould, it is going in the bin.

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#26

As much as five percent of your maraschino cherries can legally contain maggots.

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F. H.
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1 month ago

That's extremely low. If you grow your own cherries, you'll often end up with 100% containing maggots. And most likely you'll need to eat some of them until you notice.

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#27

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Figs have dead wasps inside them.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago (edited)

Never encountered a wasp in any fig I have ever eaten.

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#28

Berries can harbor up to 4 larvae per 100 grams.

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Wouter Berg
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1 month ago

And yet, we live. That's not cinnamon BTW, that's cassia bark.

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#29

Gross-Disturbing-Food-Facts Cinnamon can carry up to 1 milligram of animal excrement per pound.

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Kaisa
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1 month ago

Like that is a lot.

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#30

Up to 10 percent of canned asparagus can harbor asparagus beetles or egg sacs.

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Kisses4Katie
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1 month ago

I've been psyching myself up over eating bugs one day (most likely cricket flour). I tell myself things like shrimp and crab are seabugs, and they are pretty good.

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