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Cricket Flour - Would you eat it? [validating this idea, need your help]

by 0 · June 19, 2014 at 07:05 PM

After hearing about bars made from cricket flour like the Exo or Chapul bars I have really gotten excited about edible insects as a sustainable source of protein and have been researching them a lot (especially since it seems to have been a large part of our ancestor's diets).

A buddy and I are now trying to validate the idea of importing high quality (human grade) cricket flour to the US. My question to you is: would you incorporate cricket flour into your paleo diet.

Please vote: Upvote = YES, Downvote = NO

Also, I'd really appreciate any other comments you have on eating cricket flour.

EDIT: What would the price of the cricket flour have to be for you to be willing to purchase it?

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10920 · June 19, 2014 at 07:05 PM

Yes, I would try it. I'm not going to upvote yes though...

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225 · June 19, 2014 at 05:22 PM

Unless they were more nutrient dense while being cheaper I don't think it would have any chance. Not many people are going to choose a cricket powder over a steak unless it's giving them health benefits or saving them money. ( Probably would need to be both )

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982 · June 18, 2014 at 04:38 PM

It's very rare that I need or want to supplement protein (I could probably cut my protein intake back.) Assuming these crickets were fed a natural / organic diet, I wouldn't be opposed to it as an alternative to other processed protein powders (fun to mix in with a dark chocolate to balance the macros with an odd ingredient, but otherwise not particularly useful in my meaty diet.) Bring on the pan-fried crickets.

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0 · June 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM

As @moors suggested here some reasons why you might consider incorporating cricket flour into your paleo diet:

It provides necessary nutrients (and a lot of protein):

Protein: 67.8g (more than double the amount of beef) Fat:5.6g Calcium:125mg Fiber:0.5g Carbohydrate:5.5g Vitamin B12 3.2 mg Iron 5mg

Information based on 100g (0.22 pounds)

Better for the environment:

Insects produce about 80 times less methane than livestock and about 10 times less ammonia for the same weight.

Less likely to make you sick:

Crickets are taxonomically distant from humans, which makes them less likely to transmit diseases.

Sources: http://www.scidev.net/global/indigenous/news/eatin..., http://qz.com/84127/five-reasons-we-should-all-be-...

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