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Worms or noodles? Maine restaurant serves up dishes with insects

PORTLAND, Maine (WTNH/CNN) - One restaurant in Maine is trying to change the perception of bugs in restaurants.

Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland served up some dishes with insects.

One dish came with veggies and toasted crickets in a chili vinaigrette.

Another combined bacon and jasmine rice garlicky mealworms.

Environmentalists say meats like beef and pork use more natural resources than insects to grow...which negatively affects the environment. 

The restaurant's co-founder Zachary Pratt says he wants to raise awareness about the worldwide need for new sources of protein. 

"We are looking to show that bugs are the food of the future and I'm here to support that," said Pratt. 

The President of the Entosense, an edible insect business which supplied the insects, says they are more nutritious than other foods. 

"For example, grasshoppers are more calcium than milk, than spinach," added Entosense President Bill Broadbent.

The insect options at Bao Bao are not a permanent feature on the menu, just a one-time thing. 


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