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Restaurant serves up bugs to help save the planet

Scorpions, crickets, and other insects are inching their way into America's diets.

A restaurant in Santa Monica is one of a handful of restaurants that serves bugs on purpose.

Silk worm larvae stir-fried with soy, sugar and just a dash of white pepper.

It's still a novelty here in the states, but insects are part of a daily diet in most of the world.

Earlier this year, the United Nations held a global conference on the benefits of eating insects, even suggesting it might be a good solution to world hunger.

The best part, insects are high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol.

"The silkworms have a texture of like popcorn except they have a creamy center," said Chef Kevin Oh of Typhoon Restaurant.  "They taste a little sour, tangy and they have a hint of black pepper to them."

A 6-ounce serving of these crunchy bugs have 60 percent less saturated fat as the same amount of ground beef.
 

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