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10 reasons to incorporate cricket protein into your everyday diet

In 2013, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation) published a report that recommends integrating edible insects into our diets in order to reduce our environmental footprint and maintain a high quality diet, rich in protein and minerals. Here are 10 reasons why we are convinced that cricket is the protein of the future.
 

1. Cricket is rich in protein

Cricket is 60% protein. In comparison, a steak of beef has only 20 to 30% protein.
Protein is one of the three macronutrients needed in our everyday diet, along with fats and carbohydrates. Protein is used by the body for muscle synthesis and is therefore essential in maintaining lean body mass for active people whose muscle tissue is deteriorated during exercise. Protein also helps to feel full and to therefore control hunger and cravings.
By swaping your beef steak for a cricket steak, you will get twice as much protein in your plate!
 

2. Cricket is a complete protein

After quantity, let’s talk about quality. Cricket is a complete protein! This means that cricket protein has the 9 essential amino acids that our body needs. In comparison, plant-based proteins aren’t always complete proteins.
 

3. Cricket is the most sustainable protein source

Compared to beef, for a same final quantity of protein, cricket needs :

 Learn more in this article.

 

4. Cricket is high in B12 vitamin

Cricket is a superfood. One of its particularities is its high content in B12 vitamin, which is essential for the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells. It is usually found in products of animal origin, and therefore vegetarians often have B12 deficiencies, which can lead to anemia.
One portion of cricket powder (2 tablespoons) provides you with 190% of your daily needs in B12 vitamin.
 

5. Cricket provides other essential nutrients

Aside B12 vitamin, cricket is also rich in many other essential nutrients and minerals that help us stay healthy. Cricket provides calcium (1.6x more than milk), iron (2x more than spinach), fibre, omegas 3 and 6, potassium, etc
You can say goodbye to supplements and vitamins!
 

6. Cricket is delicious and easy to integrate in your recipes

Cricket powder has a very neutral, slightly nutty taste. Its texture is similar to flour, so it can easily be added to all types of recipes. Add 2 tablespoons to your morning smoothie for an 8g protein boost, or substitute 1/8 of flour with cricket powder in your cookie recipe.
Discover many easy and delicious recipes on our blog, from mini quiches to beet hummus and banana bread.
 

7. Cricket is suitable for most diets

Cricket is naturally gluten and soy free. Moreover, it is very low in carbs and sugar, so can be part of a paleo diet. Many vegetarians and vegans are very open to including insects in their diets because of their high levels of Vitamin B12, their sustainability profile, and the ethical conditions under which they are raised.
But be careful! If you allergic to crustaceans, you may be allergic to crickets, as they share the same allergen.

8. Entomophagy is already common practice in many countries

Today, more than 2 billion people already eat insects throughout the world, especially in Asia, Africa, and South America, and there are over 2000 edible insect species.
Did you know that we also already eat insects? Even you do! Every year, each one of us unknowingly swallows 500g of insects, hidden in salads, fruit, peanut butter, etc!
 

9. Cricket is a local and certified product

No need to cross oceans to find crickets – there are already many insect farms throughout the world, and even here, in Canada. The biggest insect farm in North America, Entomo Farms, is actually situated in Ontario. Even in Quebec, more and more small farms are popping up.
Insect farming, like any other type of farming, is strictly controlled and undergoes many tests. It is possible to obtain certifications like Ecocert, USDA, gluten-free and organic.
 

10. Cricket can be found ready-to-eat in delicious and healthy products

If you are interested in eating insects but are not yet ready to swallow a whole and live tarantula, many products and healthy cricket powder-based snacks already exist and will convince you. At Naak, we have come up with delicious energy and high protein bars made from cricket powder and other all natural, sustainable, and healthy products such as dates and Maple syrup.
 
It is estimated that global demand for non-animal protein will double by 2050, so be prepared to see more and more insect-based products out there!
And if you eat shrimps, why not give crickets a chance?
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