An insect falls into food you have started to eat ,would you want to know ?

@ronnyb (6120)
Jamaica
January 23, 2009 4:57am CST
I know I have had some gross ones in the past and I also know this is by far the grossest ,so I thank in advance the ones brave enough to respond and I understand for those who cant lol. I was having this conversation with some friends who claimed they wouldn’t want to know especially if they were already half way through the meal. They claim this is one instance where” ignorance is bliss “, they argue that since they were already eating and didn’t discern any difference in taste ,they might as well continue. In fact they claim it might be nourishment. Don’t know of they were joking or not because we all having a blast with this conversation but then it dawned on me ,what if it really happened …… Do you think you could be this nonchalant over a situation like this or would you try to regurgitate all the food. Thank you if you respond and thank you if you don’t ,you have all been good to me ovet these past months
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
Hi ronnyb! haha..well, if I am just about to start my meal and haven't got a single bite or spoonful yet, then I would like to know that something fell on my food. But if I am halfway through the meal, oh no please don't tell me anymore, I will surely throw up, my stomach will feel queasy all throughout the day, my mood will be horrible! lol...What I don't know won't hurt me, right? Take care and have a great day!
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
23 Jan 09
Wow you are brave,the jury is still out as to wether I could be that brave but thank you for your response
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I agree with faith210. Don't tell me, please! I'll never stop being sick if I knew.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
24 Jan 09
Hi snowcat!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
23 Jan 09
i sure wouldn't have eaten anymore if i had known that but i always heard what u don't know want hurt you.
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@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
26 Jan 09
lol i have hear that too but dont know if i subscribe to that policy lol
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@Astro30 (90)
• Indonesia
23 Jan 09
If I saw just a little ant, I will pick it out and continue eating. If it's bigger than ant I will stop eating.
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@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
23 Jan 09
Fair enough I think allowances can be made for an ant
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Well, if I were starting my food and an insect fell in, if I saw the insect I would not eat the food. But I think that if an insect did fall into my food, I would notice it, because it would be on the top of the food. I do not think an insect could be so heavy that it would fall into the food, meaning mixed in the food. Plus, I look at every forkful of food I put into my mouth, it is just a habit, and I usually do not eat in the dark. But for discussion sake, if an insect fell into my food I would not want to know, what you don't know won't hurt. If the food suddenly had a different taste, I would examine it thoroughly before eating anymore.
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@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Good points and I totally agree. I would think we'd see the bug/insect go into the food and if we didnt, it would be right on top to see it there and if that was the case, Id replace it. I wouldnt eat the food after having known a bug was in it. I like to look at my food too when I eat it. You kind of have to to see it going in your mouth. I think if the food suddenly had a different taste, I too would really look at it and probably a few bites later, just stop eating it in fear Id get ill. If Im eating like a burger and a fly went on the bun or something hard, I still wouldnt want to eat it cause theyre so germy, but if I was starving, Id just shew it away and continue eating. Happens at picnics all the time. You wouldnt very well throw it away cause a fly went on it, at least I wouldnt.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I've always heard there is nourishment in an insect. If I didn't know an insect was in my food and ate it anyway, that's fine. If I saw it after I started to eat, I wouldn't finish the dish. I'd throw it away. I had this happen in a restaurant and sent it back after half was eaten. Waiter wanted to know if I wanted another order and my answer was "no." They took the dish off the bill and that was that. I wouldn't try to toss up what I've already eaten but finding a bug would kill my appetite.
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@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
It really depends on the type of insect that dropped on my food. If it's a fly, I would not eat anymore, no matter how hungry I am. If it were an ant, guess that would be ok. But flies are a different matter. Now if the fly or another disgusting insect such as a roach, I would sue the manager and the owner of the restaurant because they don't follow hygiene rules when it comes to food. And if that doesn't work, I will get the city health office close the resto.
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
26 Jan 09
I can live with an ant too but I could never eat knowing a fly or a roach was involved
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
23 Jan 09
once me and my cousin was eating out she order a burger lettuce and tomatoe and cheese and a order of fries.well when she bite down in the burger a fly glew out her mouth before she started to chew.she started throwing up right there.of course they did not want to charge her after that but we just was not going back period.
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
23 Jan 09
flew out her
@UK_Shree (3604)
25 Jan 09
uurrrgghhh.... well I hate insects so I definitely would not want to continue eating a meal with an insect in it. I would want to know though - I know that ignorance can sometimes prevent pain and discomfort but I just cannot even bear the thought of that happening to me
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
25 Jan 09
If I am eating food, and some kind of insect falls into it, I hope I notice. If I don't notice, I would hope someone would bring it to my attention. I would not want to eat it at that point. I would probably vomit if some kind of insect fell into my food and I actually ate the insect!!
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I think I wouldnt want to know. As you said, ignorance is bliss. Depending on the bug, I may vomit just from learning what had happened. Now I think that if it was a roach, Id want to know and I would discard it, then Id vomit forcibly if nec, but it probably wouldnt be necessary lol. If it was a fly, dont bother telling me, even though those insects are one of the germiest. Just get it out of the food if you can before I found out but if it wasnt possible, then yes, tell me cause I wouldnt want to eat it.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
24 Jan 09
When I was in college, I had the pleasure of taking an entomology cless (the study of insects). One of the favorite topics of the instructor was the subject of insects in the foods we eat. He loved standing at the head of the class and watching a sea of faces turn green...lol. A few highlights from that class: GROUND PEPPER: Have you ever sprinkled some on the table and really looked at it? LETTUCE: Lettuce bugs are the same color as lettuce, tiny, and because they live on lettuce, they taste just like it. FISH: Contains tiny worms that you'd never know were there. FOOD INSPECTIONS: Especially on products like jams and jellied, etc. The inspection process requires that infestation be under a certain amount...not free of. It's been 30 years since I took that class, and I still look closely at the food I eat, especially in restaurants. I know that they won't kill you, but still there's something gross about finding a half of a fly in your chicken salad sandwich (where is the other half?), or a deep fried cockroach at the bottom of your package of french fries....
@deijaana (21)
• New Zealand
24 Jan 09
hmmmmmmmmmmm i think i would like to know especially what kind of insect i guess haha well you see if it was a ummmm spider i would be terrified and wouldnt know what to do i'd scream and probably throw up on who ever is closest to me well try make it to the ladies room, but i kind of agree with your friends if it was a smaller bug and i hadn't noticed nor noticed the taste then i think it would kind of be okay i guess you see it on fear factor them eating bugs and insects and well in some countries i guess they are nourishment well i found that out on a t.v programme that they like a whole bunch of insects (grasshoppers) maybe were like the equivalent to eating a couple pounds of meat with just as much if not more protein...we don't eat them in new zealand but places like india and that they sure would be a delicacy... mind you i have tried a hoo hoo grub at a wild food fest and that was pretty foul didnt taste like chicken at all ( thats what most people say it tastes like)....sorry for the long response lol
@smurfuk76 (360)
24 Jan 09
I think provided it was not going to kill me or cause me any pain and I could live in bliss without knowing i would prefer to enjoy my cream cake / pizza. Once i had eaten it i wouldnt be that concerned as it would be in my belly already. And i always really chew my food
@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
i think i would much rather not know, i would feel pretty grossed out if i found out but i don't think i would try to regurgitate the food.
@pmspratik (202)
• Nepal
24 Jan 09
Yes, of course I would want to know as it will help me to stop eating it further. I check the food every time before I eat to make sure there are aren't any insects in it. But even if there is one I would like to know it quickly, of course I might feel gross after I know that I have eaten something with insect in it but I can still not eat the rest of the harmful food. This way I can make sure that my health doesn't get affected more.
@lovesummer (1162)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
i would for sure want to know because i dont want to have after eating effect for example like diarrheo and food poisoning. I would rather feel gross after knowing than getting sick afterward. Just hope the ammount i have swallowed wont bring me to a hospital thats good!
@judy43 (299)
• United States
23 Jan 09
No insects for me. I would throw all the food away. I watch my food so I will know what I am eating.
@Annmac (950)
23 Jan 09
It would depend on what insect it was! I have a phobia about ear-wigs and I think I'd be sick if I ate one. People do eat insects and they are supposed to be very nourishing but I don't think I'd like to try them raw!
• United States
23 Jan 09
If an insect fell into my food while I was eating, then yeah. I'd definitely would want to know about that.
• United States
23 Jan 09
YUCK! Okay, if I haven't taken a bite yet - I would definately want to know! However, if I've already eaten some, I might get sick if I found out. So, I have to agree that, in this case, ignorance is bliss. I'm sure this has happened to me in the past, and I haven't had anything negative happen to my body as a result . . . though, I'm sure negative things would happen to my mind if I knew for sure! Ick!