Even though almost anyone who’s eaten a cricket will tell you they taste like nutty popcorn–and it’s true–I took a more, well, digestible approach with my cricket flour-filled bars, made also with organic oats, almonds, organic dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut flakes and more.
My snack brand, Harmony Cricket Farm, is coming soon this summer and is committed to changing American’s perception of insects as food by introducing them to tasty solutions.
Some countries were well ahead of us in discovering the benefits of buggy eating, such as Brazil, Ghana, Thailand and China, where some dip their creepy crawlies in chocolate, eat them alongside their tea, or roast them to perfection.
Just because crickets are the key ingredient, doesn’t mean they have to be the only ingredient for you to get the same health benefits. A face grimace or wrinkled nose might be your initial reaction to reading about snacks of the bug variety. But for all you health-conscious eaters, dieters, and especially serious athletes, I’ve got news for you: there’s more than a few health benefits to eating crickets.
Harmony Cricket Farm provides so much more than just crickets, we provide delicious sustainable foods that will leave you feeling better about your nutrition and more energized to tackle the day. But, if my sweet approach to cricket eating isn’t enough to entice you, take a look at the numerous health benefits these little critters offer, from fats and oils, to crucial proteins:
- Plenty of Micro-Nutrients: Bugs, such as crickets, contain a surprising amount of iron, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus–all necessary for your health and well-being.
- A Purer Form of Protein: Insects have an amazing ability to turn more of their diet into helpful protein, without all the added fats, making crickets a bigger, better meal without needing to ingest massive amounts.
- Reduces Risk for Heart Disease: Like we said before, crickets contain hefty doses of magnesium. In fact, they contain five times more magnesium than beef, which has immense benefits for not only those concerned about their cardiovascular health, but also those with diabetes.
- BCAAs for the Body Builders: In addition to plenty of protein, crickets also contain branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which are essential for both muscle health and muscle growth. The ample amount of iron also helps with muscle function.
- Enough Iron for Two: Because crickets contain more iron than even spinach, it’s a top diet choice for pregnant women and their growing babies.
- Calcium for Strong Bones: The harder parts of a crickets’ body contains calcium, which not only makes bones strong, but also reduces blood pressure and may decrease the risk of colon and rectal cancers.
- Only the Best Fats: Crickets definitely contain fats, but only the unsaturated ones you want to be stored in your body. This, partnered with a small snack packing larger amounts of protein, can help with weight loss.
- More Energy for Athletes: Crickets contain high doses of Vitamin B12, which plays a vital role in maintaining energy levels, preventing memory loss, maintaining nerve function, heart, skin and hair health. Basically, it’s a vitamin that does it all, and a highly recommended part of any athlete’s diet.
Hopefully, these health benefits lead you to giving crickets a try, and maybe even recommending them to others!