The Food and Drug Administration said earlier this week that you shouldn’t eat cicadas if you have a seafood allergy. Otherwise, you’re ... fine to eat them?
- “Yep! We have to say it! Don’t eat #cicadas if you’re allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters,” the FDA tweeted.
Yep! We have to say it!— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) June 2, 2021
Don't eat #cicadas if you're allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters. https://t.co/UBg7CwrObN pic.twitter.com/3qn7czNg53
Do people eat cicadas?
It may seem like a weird move to eat the cicadas since they’re, you know, bugs. But, as NBC News reports, people have released recipes for cicadas. The bugs have been described “as a rare gourmet treat,” according to NBC News.
- In fact, professional chefs are preparing the bugs as food, too. according to The New York Times.
- “Some prefer them deep fried and others like them tossed into their Caesar salad,” per The New York Times.
Can you be allergic to cicadas?
The Food Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has said that food allergies connected to eating insects need to be explored more because there’s little research on it.
- In fact, a report from the group said that “individuals already allergic to crustaceans are particularly vulnerable to developing allergic reactions to edible insects, due to allergen cross-reactivity.”
Brood X and cicadas
The advice from the FDA came as the current group of cicadas — which has the name of Brood X — has come up from the group for the first time in 17 years, as I wrote for the Deseret News.