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Eating flies + stomach upsets

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by goo_mason, 27 Jul 2007.

  1. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    You can tell I'm bored when I start thinking these kind of things, but....

    Step forward the forum bacteriologists and gastro specialists !

    I've been swallowing a lot of flies lately after they zoom in and hit the back of my throat as I'm huffing and puffing my way home. I've also had a rather dodgy stomach of late.

    If said flies had been feasting on any - ahem - "dogs' eggs" just before they flew in and I swallowed them (the flies, not the canine number 2s), is there enough bacteria there to cause a stomach upset ?
     
  2. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    I'm more concerned about how many calories are in these insects I swallow?

    Is this why I'm putting on weight? (I mean it can't be the cream cakes and chocolates I eat can it?)
     
  3. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    unlikely.
     
  4. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Nah they are mostly greenfly...
     
  5. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    The big, buzzing, hairy-feeling ones aren't... :thumbsup:
     
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    your stomach is full of acid mostly, I think you'll be fine
     
  7. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    So all that stuff we were warned about with gorey videos of flies landing on your food and transferring the bacteria they were carrying on their feet and in their stomachs was just scaremongering ?

    Bah. I've believed a lie all these years ! :thumbsup:

    (and boo to Irvine Welsh for propagating this myth in 'The Granton Star Cause' in Acid House - when Boab Coyle became a fly and made his mate and girlfriend ill by running around on their pizza and giving them food poisoning).
     
  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Eating 'freebee' nuts on a bar counter are a bigger risk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I take a very robust attitude to eating and drinking

    don't eat anything silly natch but people do worry themselves to death sometimes

    germs this, germs that, bleah everything

    tools of the antiseptic manufacturers
     
  10. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Aye yer has to watch oot fa hairy critters:evil:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    I'm not one of those antiseptic, don't-touch-anything-mucky people - I was just bored and wondered if there may have been a connection between my fly intake recently and the upset stomach that's bothered me this week ! :thumbsup:
     
  12. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    I swallowed a whopper about a month ago. Mrs B thought I'd stopped to look at my bike - actually I was trying to throw up!

    It didn't make me ill afterwards, but I have thought since - obviously I digested the bluebottle or whatever, so surely a little bit of me is now made from fly...

    :eek::thumbsup:
     
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I ate a fly today and it was a bit salty. Quite nice in fact, tasted a bit like bacon.
     
  14. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Hi goo

    In most cases the number of bugs on a swallowed fly are probably unlikely to cause any harm. Usually they need to be consumed in some numbers, flies landing on food at an part etc. may give the bugs plenty time to reproduce under perfect growth conditions and so when you finally pig-out on the prawn vol-au-vents there's enough bugs or toxins to cause harm. I reckon this is unlikely from swallowing a fly or several.

    However, I knew an old Woman who swallowed a fly...
     
  15. Road Fiddler

    Road Fiddler New Member

    I joined this forum to fuel my love for cycling and my first post is on the merits of eating bugs, around the world insects are considered a delicacy by many people, this is partly due to insects often being the only reliable source of protein in peoples diets.

    The University of Wisconsin publishes a periodical called the Food Insect news letter and the British Museum publishes the Why Not Eat Insects? newsletter.

    Oh and before you ask i am a survival instructor and this subject is on the menu LOL