The workout supplement cricket flour — which the nice term for “we took a whole bunch of crickets and mashed them into a flour — has become a thing in the fitness world. Why? Because crickets are a good source of protein.
“The protein profile for crickets is very good,” says Courtney Anaya, a nutritionist and editor at Muscle & Fitness Hers. “Cricket flour is low in carbohydrates and high in protein. If you can get past that you’re eating crickets you should consider using it in your protein shake instead of whey.”
So, yeah, human beings are eating them without even dipping them in chocolate! Gross, right? Maybe not. We had an Exo bar recently, whic has about 40 crickets and natural ingredients (nothing you can’t pronounce is on the label). Guess what? It tasted just as good (or as bad) as every other protein bar we’ve ever eaten. But at least we didn’t consume any synthetic sugs while doing so.
Here’s how crickets match up against protein derived from animals:
• Insects contain about 1/2 the fat and 1/3 more protein than beef, making them about 20 times more efficient.
• Beef produces more than 100 times the methane gas than crickets.
• Beef requires about 25 lbs. of feed per pound vs. crickets require only about 2 lbs.
• Cattle require 2,000 gallons of water per pound vs. crickets require only 1 gallon of water.
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