Indian Man to Set Earthworm-Eating Record

Bear Grylls fan lives on insect diet

According to John Peter, earthworms have a "muddy" taste, "but the texture mixed with other tastes is lovely."     Photo: Allan Henderson/Flickr

India's John Peter, 23, has an interesting diet: a breakfast of dosa and earthworms, a dinner of dal and dragonflies, and 10 or 20 lizards for a mid-day snack.

He's now preparing to set the Guinness World Record for most earthworms eaten in a minute. (To understand what this could mean, know that India's C. Manoharan entered the Book of World Records in 2003 by swallowing 200 earthworms in 30 seconds.)

"I want people to respect me like they do Bear Grylls," Peter told the Daily Mail. "People are disgusted when I eat stuff like earthworms and cockroaches but they're amazed also. It's a good feeling."

Known in his hometown as the "insect-eating man," Peter says he delights in consuming ants, caterpillars, spiders, ticks, lizards, frogs, and snails—eaten live because "dead insects are really horrible." His favorite food is the crunchy, gooey, and "very sweet" scorpion.

The first time Peter tried an earthworm was at the age of 15, after he'd seen an episode of Bear Grylls' Man Vs Wild.

"I wanted to be a bit different, so when I tried eating insects for the first time and found them to be quite tasty, it was the start of a new habit, "Peter says. "Hopefully I'll be recognized by Guinness Book of Records, and then everyone will be intrigued and will wonder what a worm tastes like."

Peter speculates that one day the demand for earthworms and scorpions will be as great as the demand for chicken and beef. Perhaps.

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