Before you chirp a compelling “No,” hear me out. You just might be willing to try them, too!
I thought this would be an interesting one to cover here on Well Gal for all you insect aficionados. I just found out that Jet Blue airlines will soon be offering Exo cricket protein bars as part of its snack pack. That reminded me of how a few months back while I was at the Natural Products Expo West trade show, I came across some protein bars made with what else, but cricket protein powder. They weren’t Exo bars, but a brand called Chapul.
Of course, being the curious soul I am — and the fact that my “lunch” consisted of snacking my way through the show that day — I decided to take the plunge and try a bite. After looking over my options — Thai, Chaco, and Aztec — I figured the Chaco bar would be the “safest” bet as it was flavored with peanut butter and chocolate. Must have tasted like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, right? Nope. Not exactly. But it wasn’t bad. It was quite pleasant. A little chewy. But pleasant. However, I realized it wasn’t necessarily something I’d crave. And after hearing it retailed for around $3 a bar, I knew it was also something I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to buy either! However, the idea of eating crickets as a healthy and eco-friendly source of protein I found quite compelling, so I thought I’d share with you what I learned.
Some Interesting Facts About Crickets as a Protein Source
- More than twice the amount of protein than that of beef or chicken
- Good source of Vitamin B12 (as much as salmon)
- More iron than spinach
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Contain calcium
- Low in saturated fat
- Easily digestible
- Paleo diet friendly
A Few Drawbacks
- If you’re allergic to shellfish, you might be allergic to crickets.
- Ounce per ounce cricket flour is currently way more expensive than beef or chicken.
- Whether it’s Kosher or not is still being considered.
- It’s not a vegan or vegetarian protein source.
So What Do You Think? Will You Soon Be Crazy for Crickets?
Are you going to join the more than 80% of the world population that is already eating insects? Would you try crickets as part of a protein bar? Have you intentionally eaten any other kinds of insects as part of a healthy diet plan?
I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this one! Please leave a comment and join the conversation.
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