Today, more than 2 billion people eat insects, and for good reason! They have exceptional nutritional qualities and, above all, in greater quantities than in our traditional foods, which have many benefits for the athletes.
A complete nutritional source
It is essential to eat an adequate amount of complete protein. In other words, proteins with a sufficient proportion of each of the nine amino acids, which are essential for a healthy functioning of the body.
Food products of animal origin are good sources of complete protein, while vegetable products often lack several essential amino acids. But what about crickets?
Cricket powder is an excellent source of complete protein. In fact, crickets contain 60% protein! For example, if you eat 100 grams of cricket powder, you will get 60 grams of high quality protein, whereas with identical portions of chicken and beef jerky, you will get only 31 and 43 grams each.
This means that this insect has almost twice as much protein! An incredible concentration for such a small beast, isn't it? Cricket is also a super food rich in fiber, calcium, iron, omega 3, vitamins B12, ... essential for your health.
Athletes' protein needs are about 2 to 3 times higher than those of other people. However, if we continue to consume animal proteins as we do, the planet we know today will no longer exist because animal protein production is not sustainable: it wastes a lot of water, contributes to deforestation and global warming.
A sustainable protein
It is estimated that the world's population will exceed 9 billion by 2050. Food and animal production will then need to almost double to satisfy these new needs. This will lead to resource shortages.
But, we are already facing difficulties to supply food to the current population, the means of production are becoming insufficient and can hardly be expanded.
According to a report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), the use of cricket protein is an ideal alternative to meat and certain other nutrients. Indeed, the production of cricket powder requires fewer resources than milk protein, and creates less waste. It requires 2,000 times less water than beef. Yes, 2,000 times less! And that's not all, it produces 100 times less greenhouse gas, uses 13 times less arable land and 12 times less food.
Easy to cook
With its light roasted nut flavor and flour texture, the cricket powder is easy to integrate into your everyday recipe! Simply add 2 spoons of cricket powder to your cakes, drinks or recipes for a complete protein boost.
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