You probably shouldn’t eat crickets if you’re allergic to shellfish

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Brood X is back and ready for action. After a 17-year nap, the crickets of the eastern US have emerged to scream, mate, and perhaps pick up a fungus that turns them into “horror movie sex bots.While some people have feared the return of the screeching crowd, others have eagerly awaited the brood of tasty bug recipes at hand. But before you run to the nearest cicada cookout, be aware that you’ll probably want to avoid these crunchy bits if you’re allergic to shellfish.

If you are allergic to shellfish, it is very possible that you will have a reaction to eating certain insects. Because what are shrimps and lobsters but sea critters? Seriously, in the colonial era, lobsters were just food? for poor and incarcerated people, because they were seen as ground roach rather than a delicacy.

Like their ocean cousins, crickets are arthropods. Their bodies contain similar proteins, to which the body overreacts in an allergic reaction. Their chitinous exoskeletons can also give you (or your pet’s) intestine in larger amounts, even if you are not allergic. But overall, insects are a great source of food eaten around the world and may be the future of food. So if you’ve never had a problem with seafood, go ahead and eat good food as long as the buffet is still open.