First off, I DO NOT like bugs…
I call my husband to kill any cockroaches while I run off screaming atop a distant table or chair, but that hasn’t stopped me from eating them. Don’t worry, this isn’t like Timon and Pumba turning over logs or anything (I haven’t completely lost my mind); I bought cricket flour off Amazon. It’s much less gross this way– in fact, it’s actually very good!
Specifically, I eat crickets… in the form of flour. Turns out, they are loaded with protein! Many other countries eat bugs on a daily basis, and we are missing out on an incredible source of nutrition.
As a side note, please don’t eat bugs you find in your yard. Not that I probably need to add that disclaimer for any one, but here in America it is difficult to determine what pesticides and chemicals they have come in contact with…
Cricket Powder Nutrition Facts
A serving of cricket powder is two tablespoons (12 grams) and contains about:
- 55 calories
- 0.8 grams carbohydrates
- 7 grams of protein
- 2 grams of fat
- 4 percent DV iron
- 2 percent DV calcium
- 17 percent DV vitamin B12
- 23 percent DV vitamin B2
Cricket protein vs. Beef and Other Protein Sources
- By dry weight
- a single cricket ranges between 65–70 percent pure protein, while beef is only 17–40 percent protein.
- A 200 calorie serving of cricket flour contains about 31 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 1.8 grams omega-3, 7 grams fiber.
- A 200 calorie serving of beef contains about 22.4 grams protein, 11 grams of fat, 0.04 grams omega-3, 0 grams fiber.
- A 200 calorie serving of eggs contains about 19 grams protein, 15 grams of fat, 0.1 grams omega-3, 0 grams fiber.
- To get one pound of protein, about 2,500 gallons of water is required for cattle, 800 gallons for pigs, 567 for chickens and 1 gallon for crickets.
- Crickets require about 6 times less feeding than cattle, 4 times less than sheep and 2 times less than pigs to produce the same amount of protein.
See! Amazing right! The first time I made some muffins with cricket flour I was really weirded out, but it doesn’t phase me now. In fact, I love to tell people I eat bugs–it makes for a fun reaction anyway.
That’s why I eat bugs, and why you should too!
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