High in protein, low in fat and could be considered a pest. Crickets may be becoming the new protein powder of the future. In fact, over 70% of countries all over the world are eating crickets. So will you be running a mile at crunching down on some highly nutritious crickets?
Cricket protein powder is set to be the next big thing for those of you who love the gym. In fact, it’s creating quite a buzz as the new go to fuel for the best workouts.
In the USA, the edible insect industry is already raking in around $20 million a year. The trend is really kicking off! In 100 grams of cricket you will find 12.9 grams of protein. Eggs only have seven grams of protein in each egg, so they really are more nutritious for you.
This is why so many people are turning to edible insects for their protein – because insects are made up of 60 to 70 per cent protein. They are also low in carbs and fat, making them even more healthy. The cricket powder is being specially made so that it is milled to get all of the bits out. Don’t worry, you won’t be finding legs and wings in your cricket powder!
Meat prices are on the rise every year, so eating crickets and other insects may be killing two birds with one stone. Insects could provide us with the protein we need and save us money in the long run. Plus you wouldn’t have to deal with them as a garden pest control problem anymore!
And if you think it’s gross, just remember the fact that we’ve actually been eating bugs for many years. Colourants like those used in sweets are often made up of insects.
So, we’re actually the odd ones out in the world for not eating bugs. There’s even London pop up shops that are selling insect based food. Even cricket crisps! Move over Walkers.
Will you be eating insects in the next 50 years? Probably not. But if we did we could be helping the environment and making a huge lifestyle change at the same time. Plus, it would help stop a lot of insect pest control problems.
Crickets for dinner anyone?