We are living in isolating times. Because of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spending more time than ever inside, using more hand sanitizer than we ever thought we’d need to, and keeping ourselves at a distance even from those dearest to us. It’s all in the hopes to keep ourselves and others safe from illness, but a big part of staying healthy is also keeping your immune system in top, fighting form. How can we do that without exposing ourselves to harmful bacteria? Easy: crickets.
For those who are new to the world of Entomophagy, crickets might sound like an odd answer to a better immune system. However, bettering your immune system is about so much more than helping your body remember certain germs. It’s also about eating healthy. That’s right, a solid, nutrition-rich diet is another key to keeping your immune system in good shape. Where do crickets come into play? It just so happens that crickets are one of the best food sources out there for proteins low in fat but high in micro-nutrients.
When you’re working on improving the health of your immune system–and, in turn, yourself–the last thing you want to start eating in excess is food that are high in sugars and fats (the bad kinds). We all need sugars and fats, it’s true, but having the wrong kinds and too much of them will weaken your body’s ability to fight off sickness. Luckily, crickets only supply the best, unsaturated fats, and are packed with iron, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus–all necessary for your health and well-being.
Below is a full list of the health benefits that come with consuming crickets, referenced in our previous blog post, THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING CRICKETS:
- A Purer Form of Protein: Insects have an amazing ability to turn more of their diet into helpful protein, without all the added fats, making crickets a bigger, better meal without needing to ingest massive amounts.
- Reduces Risk for Heart Disease: Crickets contain hefty doses of magnesium. In fact, they contain five times more magnesium than beef, which has immense benefits for not only those concerned about their cardiovascular health, but also those with diabetes.
- BCAAs for the Body Builders: In addition to plenty of protein, crickets also contain branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which are essential for both muscle health and muscle growth. The ample amount of iron also helps with muscle function.
- Enough Iron for Two: Because crickets contain more iron than even spinach, it’s a top diet choice for pregnant women and their growing babies.
- Calcium for Strong Bones: The harder parts of a crickets’ body contains calcium, which not only makes bones strong, but also reduces blood pressure and may decrease the risk of colon and rectal cancers.
- Only the Best Fats: Crickets definitely contain fats, but only the unsaturated ones you want to be stored in your body. This, partnered with a small snack packing larger amounts of protein, can help with weight loss.
- More Energy for Athletes: Crickets contain high doses of Vitamin B12, which plays a vital role in maintaining energy levels, preventing memory loss, maintaining nerve function, heart, skin and hair health. Basically, it’s a vitamin that does it all, and a highly recommended part of any athlete’s diet.
Keeping up a healthy diet and eating habits–in addition to getting enough rest and exercise–is essential to boosting your immune system and keeping COVID-19 at arm’s length or, even better, at least six feet away from you. And, if you’re looking for an all-around healthy snack that will leave you also feeling full, look no further than your friendly neighborhood cricket.
To learn about cooking with cricket powder and optional recipes, view our previous blog post here.