The title of this blog post may have you running for the hills, or it may grab your attention. Crickets? If you have ever watched any TV shows about bizarre foods or surviving in the wild, you likely already know that bugs are a viable source of nutrition in many parts of the world.
It is not uncommon to find bugs, worms, and grubs displayed at farmer’s markets in some regions of South America and Asia. Crickets are among these nutritious delicacies. Let’s take a look at some of the qualities of cricket protein and how it is prepared for consumption for those of us who would enjoy the benefits without having to actually eat the entire insect.
Crickets are a great source of protein, with very little fat. Just look at a cricket and you will see a lean and active machine. The protein in crickets contains all 9 essential amino acids. Crickets also provide minerals and vitamins, such as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and B-12. The little fat that crickets have is mostly in the form of omega 3 and 6, necessary for cardiovascular health and brain function. They are also a great source of dietary fiber.
Cricket products are very low in calories. While you should always check the ingredient list on products, cricket proteins are available in low-fat, organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free formulations. Be mindful of added ingredients that you are not familiar with when shopping.
A Sustainable Food Source
Crickets do not require much water to thrive, unlike most animal protein sources. They get all of their hydration from the food they consume. There is very little carbon footprint on cricket farming and harvesting. This equates to nearly 100 times less greenhouse gas emissions from the same amount of animal protein farming and distribution methods.
Cricket Protein Products
If you don’t relish the idea of ingesting a whole cricket, there are other great options for this incredible protein source. Cricket protein is becoming more widely available in different ways, such as protein powder to add to smoothies, cricket flour for baking, and in energy snacks. If you are adventurous, you can also find dried and seasoned whole crickets that many enjoy as a novelty snack.
At Famous Foods we like to remain informed about the latest health trends sustainable food sources for our customers. Watch out for the latest health discoveries, such as cricket protein, soon to hit our shelves!