I get it–it’s a big leap asking someone to eat a bug, let alone suggesting that bug is added to someone’s everyday meal plan. But for athletes and nature conservationists alike, cricket powder might be the very food you’ve been searching for.
This blog, dedicated to informing and encouraging people in the way of cricket consumption and nutrition, has focused on many aspects of the benefits of eating crickets over the last three months and I think it’s time to recap the most important reasons why you should consider giving crickets a try.
Here are the highlights we want you to “chew” on:
- Crickets are an exceptional source of protein and micro-nutrients: 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 for athletes who need that extra boost of energy without packing on the unhealthy carbs. And bugs, such as crickets, contain a surprising amount of iron, copper, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus–all necessary for your health and well-being.
- Research has shown crickets improve gut health and reduce 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. Crickets and other insects are also a prime source for fiber, though the type of fiber they contain (chitin) is different from what we get from some fruits or vegetables. Fibers are important in sustaining the growth of probiotics, or healthful gut bacteria, and the fiber provided by crickets has proven its reliability in gut health.
- Crickets can boost your immune system–a perk during COVID-19: In addition to exercise and getting enough sleep, there are a couple of nutrition tips to boosting your immune system: eat more healthy fats and make sure you’re getting enough protein. It just so happens there’s a food source that checks both of those boxes: crickets.
- Eating crickets could help save our planet: Insects are not only packed with rich nutrients, they are also much more environmentally friendly to raise and, well, “harvest” than typical livestock. Compared with cows, pigs, or chickens, crickets require “a fraction of the land, water, and food, and produce less greenhouse gases and ammonia,” as reported by NBC News.
- Crickets actually taste delicious: Eating crickets, and other bugs, is a long-standing tradition for many cultures outside the U.S., who have mastered ways to fry, chocolate-coat and season their crickets to the point where they are considered a delicacy. However, cricket powder, incorporated into protein shakes, protein bars and cookies, is the rising trend in America and many athletes swear by their benefits, as well as their taste. Another way to look at eating crickets is to think of them as “land shrimp” because, in a way, that is what the tiny crustaceans are.
Have we piqued your interest? Interested in giving cricket powder a try? Check out our recommended recipe below:
Health benefits and facts found through WebMD, Medical News Today, Medical Xpress, loblaws.ca, techlifetoday.ca, Medical News Today, Empower Health Insurance, WebMD, drhealthbenefits.com, United States Census Bureau, OurWorldData.org, NBC News, Forbes, howstuffworks.com, Health Prep, US News & World Report, and The Travel, Sports Outside Online, Natural Products Insider, Next Food, Triathlon Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Healthline, LiveStrong.com and Aketta.