Can I eat sugar ants?

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AvatarAdam asked 2 years ago
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AvatarLiza Smith Staff answered 2 years ago

Actually yes, you can. Eating ants is not harmful in any way, they are sterile and contain antimicrobial agents, which make them perfectly clean. If you found a sugar ant in your food, don’t be afraid — no one has ever got sick of eating them, they don’t carry diseases and don’t have any poisonous substances within them. In fact, in some cultures it’s OK to eat ants — people of India and Laos often add them to their food and they are cooked as a desert in a few African countries. Ants are the source of proteins, so some adventurous travellers recommend to eat them as means of survival. Still, if you want to try an ant, better not pick it from the ground.