Mike Tindall enjoyed eating bugs on Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

Mike Tindall has admitted he didn't mind eating bugs while filming 'Bear Grylls: Mission Survive' in the Costa Rican jungle as he "likes eating"

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Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall enjoyed eating bugs on 'Bear Grylls: Mission Survive'.

The former English rugby player - who is married to Britain's Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandchild, Zara Phillips - revealed he loved taking part in the survival series in the rainforest of Costa Rica because he found the challenges of eating creepy crawlies to be "interesting".

He confessed: "I like eating, so trying bugs, worms and maggots was all very interesting."

However, the 36-year-old sportsman admitted there were some slightly unpleasant delicacies, including an arachnid which he wasn't too eager to taste.

He continued: "A tarantula was more difficult. They don't taste like anything at all. The scorpions tasted a bit like crab cakes."

Nevertheless, he soon found a way of cooking up the creatures to ensure they made for a tasty snack.

He said: "One of the mentors on the show gave us a tip that maggots taste better with sugar and fried over the fire - and they did indeed."

And although he was made to consume all manner of strange things during his time on the show, he liked the experience because it freed him from modern technology.

He added to the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I enjoyed taking myself out of my comfort zone and being at the mercy of the elements, and it was liberating not to have a phone, laptop or television with me. It's nice to strip your life down to the basics, with no advance planning, waking up when the sun rises and sleeping when the sun goes down."

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