If the idea of eating insects disgusts you, you might be surprised to find out that you already regularly eat them. The rest of us consume so many insects by accident. And we're not talking an ant or two here, a stray aphid there. No, it's more like a pound or two a year.

Foods you eat every day like chocolate, coffee, and beer all contain thousands of insect bites. Most of those bugs are in processed and packaged foods, not fresh-from-the-farm produce.

You may not be able to see or taste these tiny bug bits, but rest assured: mealworms, maggots, roaches, and beetles can be found in everyday foods, especially coffee beans, chocolate, and wheat flour. The "worst" offender of the creepy-crawly additives is hops (used in beer), which can contain 25,000 bug bits per 100 grams (about two and a half cups).

They might not look like much, but insects have a high fat, protein, vitamin, fiber, and mineral content that is often comparable to fish or livestock. insects are also rich in essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids; mealworms contain as much unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids as fish and even more than beef and pork. Some are also surprisingly high in iron.

When you go to buy those fresh fruits and vegetables, though, you might find yourself having a conundrum in the produce aisle. Insecticide does have a way of ridding food of bugs, so conventional produce is going to have fewer bugs than the organic versions. But then you might be ingesting pesticide. Most people would probably choose the bugs. We had better get used to it. After all, insects are the future of food!