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Why you should eat insect: cricket versus milk proteins

Insects can be considered as an adequate and healthy variant of so-called "traditional" protein sources such as   meat, legumes or milk in our diet.

In this article, we will be looking at the different nutritional intakes offered by cricket powder compared to cow’s milk in terms of protein content.

Quantity

On the same weight basis, cricket powder possesses about 20 times more protein than milk:

Cricket Powder

Cow's milk, 2% fat

Protein/100g

60g

3.3g

Table 1: Protein content comparison between cricket powder and cow’s milk on a 100g basis

Thus, in terms of quantity of protein, cricket powder is by far the most beneficial. However, as previously mentioned in the article about proteins, quality is also an important factor to consider when examining the protein content of a food product.

Quality

Cricket powder and cow’s milk, are both considered as complete sources of protein: the 9 essential amino acids are each present in sufficient quantities by gram of protein. However, as cricket powder possesses more proteins, it will offer much more essential amino acids thant cow's milk on the same weight basis.  In fact, as one can observe on the graph below, cricket powder possesses all the essential amino acids in quantities that surpass the ones in milk:

Graph 1: Essential amino acids content comparison between 100g of cow milk and 100g of cricket powder

Some figures to give a better overview

An individual with an average body weight of 65 kg would need approximately 60 g of cricket powder in his diet to satisfy his daily needs in all essential amino acids, while approximately a whole litre of milk would be required.

Thereby, one barre Naak offers on average one fifth of the nutritional needs for each of the different essential amino acids, as one can observe on the table below:

Table 2: Percentage of daily intake in essential amino acids obtained with a Naak bar

To sum up, there are two main things worth remembering: variety and quantity. These two terms  are crucial in our everyday diet in order to obtain all the essential amino acids and nutrients to maintain a good health, with a special accent on the different protein sources that are available to us. So, why not give a try to insect proteins with a Naak bar?

In addition of being a great source of high quality protein readily available to provide our body with the energy it need to function properly, it is also an environmentally friendly protein! Indeed, regarding water consumption, producing 10g of cricket powder requires 2 0000 times less water than to to produce 10g of beef!

 


References:

2% cow’s milk was used as a reference as a study of Statistics Canada showed that it is the most consumed milk throughout Canada. http://www.dairyinfo.gc.ca/pdf/camilkcream_e.pdf

The values used for the milk come from: Consumer and Food Economics Institute (U.S.). (1976). Composition of foods: Dairy and egg product: raw, processed, prepared. Washington, D.C: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. P-97

The values used for the cricket powder come from the data sheet “Nutrition profile comparing” of Entomofarm’s website: http://entomofarms.com/future-of-food/#facts

The values of amino acids required per day come from : de « Institute of Medicine. 2005. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. P. 672 »



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