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

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Created June 18, 2014 at 8:19 AM

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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5 · June 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

These are good properties overall and since I once read about insects in different cuisines I think such may be good growing market, but I do not yet see how that might be special for "health" conscious eaters otherwise:

http://www.geckotime.com/nutritional-value-of-comm...

Additional info:

http://www.prairieexotics.ca/info/Nutritional_Aspe...

http://www.organicvaluerecovery.com/studies/studie...

Good luck, anyway

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-6 · June 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

That's a lot of protein. If they were processed in some way, people might find eating crickets more palatable. But straight up dried and ground up crickets? Maybe it could do well at health food stores, where people already buy all sorts of weird things. But mainstream supermarket? Think you'd have to build up to that.

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-6 · June 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Personally, I don't mind the occasional unintentionally ingested insect, but intentionally eating insects doesn't sound too appealing at the moment (the squeamish factor). I might try it, just to find out what it tastes like. But if it has even a hint of something I don't like about it, in addition to the squeamish factor, forget about it. Otherwise, maybe I'd go for it.

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0 · June 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Not sure, depends on how many uses it would have, like if I could sprinkle it on vegetables and others with little noticeable change in taste I would pay a premium but if it was only to be used in bars or baking or had a very strong taste I wouldn't pay as much.

Is $5 for an ounce too much? Seems fairly reasonable

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0 · June 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Awesome! How much do you think you be willing to pay for an ounce of cricket flour?

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0 · June 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Of course I would eat this, especially used in a way that it wouldn't be known that its crickets. Meat is expensive unless you want bulk chicken or turkey (my main meats other than a steak every now and then) and protein is one of those things that is always hard for me because its hard to eat a ton of meat all the time.

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5 · June 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Why don't you add some summary of information about cricket flour with references ?

Sounds like a good idea but I'd probably examine what it is first, also, I won't think about buying it until it's in my country.

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10994 · June 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

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

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245 · June 19, 2014 at 5:22 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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1005 · June 18, 2014 at 4:38 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 2:38 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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-6 · June 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

That's a lot of protein. If they were processed in some way, people might find eating crickets more palatable. But straight up dried and ground up crickets? Maybe it could do well at health food stores, where people already buy all sorts of weird things. But mainstream supermarket? Think you'd have to build up to that.

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5 · June 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

These are good properties overall and since I once read about insects in different cuisines I think such may be good growing market, but I do not yet see how that might be special for "health" conscious eaters otherwise:

http://www.geckotime.com/nutritional-value-of-comm...

Additional info:

http://www.prairieexotics.ca/info/Nutritional_Aspe...

http://www.organicvaluerecovery.com/studies/studie...

Good luck, anyway

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