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Is Cricket Protein Healthy for You?

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Many people prefer cricket powder over whole crickets becuase they do not have look at the bug itself.

Cricket protein is considered a new protein trend however, it is also one of the oldest. Humans have been eating insects for a very long time. It has only recently been considered “icky”. It’s also only a regional disgust. The U.S., Canada and Europe are the exception rather than the rule. Most of the world eats insects. Even our southern neighbor, Mexico, enjoy almost 200 different types of bugs in their daily meals.

There are many reasons to use cricket powder as a protein source. These include health and nutrition but also the environment and social reasons, as outlined below.

Cricket protein is a highly nutritious food source that is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats and it’s very bio-available. In other words, cricket powder is easily digested. A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry indicates that these nutrients are more soluble and have better uptake than from beef or wheat.

Cricket protein contains all of the essential amino acids (chart below). Cricket powder is packed with B vitamins Magnesium, as well as a perfect balance of Omega 3 (over 5x that of salmon). In addition, crickets have more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach.

The cricket’s chitin (exoskeleton) is a prebiotic just to top it off. Prebiotics are nutrition for probiotics. So, if your are taking probiotics, it would not be a bad idea to add prebiotics to your routine. Even if you are not taking probiotics, prebiotics from cricket powder will promote a healthy gut health.

When you use cricket powder or eat insects whole, you are eating the whole animal. Meat is generally muscle and that is all we eat of most livestock. But, with insects, we are eating the whole bug and that is one of the reason they are so nutritious. Crazy as it sounds, we eat the brains, heart, and the rest of the cricket parts not normally thought of as “meat” giving us a wider variety of nutrients.

Cricket Protein is also Healthy for the Planet

Cricket protein is not only healthy, it is sustainable and produced without growth hormones, pesticides or herbicides. It’s non-GMO and can be produced organic and gluten free depending upon the methods used.

Crickets can be grown using way less land, food and water than traditional livestock making them a planet friendly practice. They are raised and harvested humanely.

Cricket Protein is also Healthy for Society

Crickets are grown by families in their home, by small independent farms and also by large industrial operations. The availability of insect protein makes it an important factor in food security. Yet, many overlook this simple solution.

Cricket Protein is not only good for you, it is good for the planet as well.

What about the numbers?

100 grams of cricket powder will give you over 58 grams of protein.

NUTRITIONAL VALUES

Analyzed by Maxxam Analytics

Energy 1973kJ (472kCal)
Protein (g) 58.76
Fat (g) 24
Saturated Fat (g) 8.48
Trans Fat (g) .218
Cholesterol (mg) 228
Carbohydrates (g) 8.4
Fiber, total dietary (g) 6.0
Sugars (g) 0.5
Ash (g) 6.5
Calcium (g) 0.11
Iron (g) 0.002
Potassium (g) 1.1
Sodium (g) 0.31
Omega – 3 (g) 2.81
Omega – 6 (g) 6.28
Saturate Fatty Acids (g) 8.48
Cis-Monounsaturated (g) 5.14
Cis-Polyunsaturated (g) 9.09
B-12 (ug) 24

Essential Amino Acid Profile per 100g of Crickets (*BCAAs)

1.44g – Histidine
2.59g – Isoleucine*
4.61g – Leucine*
3.61g – Lysine
1.09g – Methionine
0.51g – Cysteine
2.37g – Threonine
0.56g – Tryptophan
3.70g – Valine

Environmental Impact

Grow 13x Faster
Drink 2000x Less Water
Consume 12x Less Feed
Require 2000x Less Land
Emit 100x Less Greenhouse Gases

*vs. beef

Cricket protein is similar to beef and salmon when it comes to quality protein. It has all of the essential amino acids and is packed with B vitamins with a perfect balance of an Omega 6:3 ratio of 3:1. In addition, crickets have more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. The cricket’s chitin (exoskeleton) is a prebiotic just to top it off. ×
Crickets can be grown using less than 1% of the water needed for an equivalent amount of beef. Insects produce virtually no greenhouse gas when compared to beef and can be grown on bio-waste reducing the need to use land to grow their feed. Bugs are an environmentally friendly food source. ×
Insects need substantially less land than other livestock and can be grown vertically in an urban environment. They are grown humanely and can be grown just about anyplace in the world by households, small farmers and large commercial interests. Insects for food is trend whose time has come... again. ×
Current meat production is unsustainable and the more insects people eat, the less meat they will consume. If we make edible insects a trend in North America and Europe, the rest of the world will follow. ×