For building lean muscle mass and supporting metabolism, growth and immune function. Protein also helps satisfy hunger, keeping body composition goals on track. Crickets contain all 9 essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein that we must get from food – making it the ideal ‘complete protein’ source for optimal health.
For energy production, healthy nerves, immune function and production of red blood cells. Vegans and vegetarians are particularly at risk of B12 deficiency, as it is found almost exclusively in animal products. Salmon is often touted as a great source of B12 but did you know that crickets have 12 times more vitamin B12 than salmon? Insects are packed with vitamins!
For healthy brain and nerve function. Crickets also contain essential Omega 6 fatty acids and in a ‘perfect’ 3:1 ratio (Omega 6:Omega 3) for decreasing inflammation and promoting best health as well as mood and memory. In comparison, beef tips the Omega inflammatory scales at 20:1.
For growth, brain development, strength and energy metabolism. Crickets contain heme iron for maximum availability and absorption. Did you know that crickets have twice as much iron as beef (gram for gram)?
For muscle and nerve function as well as heart health and lowering of blood pressure. Crickets have twice as much potassium as spinach.
For strong bones and teeth, muscle and nerve function. Calcium has also been shown to be beneficial for weight management. Crickets have as much calcium as milk, making them the perfect non-dairy source of calcium.
More than a quarter of the World’s population already eats insects.
There are significant economic and environmental reasons to be eating insects: Crickets require less land, water, feed and energy than many other popular protein sources including beef, chicken or pork.
Livestock production accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than all the cars, buses, trains and planes worldwide! Crickets produce 80 times less methane than cattle.
Crickets are 12 times more efficient in converting feed to meat than cattle, 4 times more efficient than pigs, and 2 times more efficient than chicken.
If a family of four swapped just one meal a week from beef to insect protein, they would save the Earth
litres of fresh water in just one year.
litres of water to produce 1Kg of beef
litre of water to produce 1Kg of crickets
Including the water used to grow the grain to feed the animal, also known as “virtual water”, 1 kg of chicken requires 3500 litres of water and 1 kg of beef requires 22,000 litres of water.
Water (in litres) and feed (in grams) required to produce 1Kg of each