While tiny snacks don’t always mean tiny calories, in the case of crickets, these little “land shrimp” are actually an incredibly healthy choice for snack time that both fills you up and keeps the weight down.
There’s plenty of advise out on the innerwebs about tips on losing weight, or keeping weight off. Outside of a general healthy lifestyle and practical exercises, it’s often suggested to snack on low-calorie foods, like vegetables and fruit. While we all need to eat our fruits and veggies, the problem that sometimes arises is that these snack aren’t filling in the same way as carbohydrates. They might be high in calories, but carbs are quick to boost energy and fill up our stomachs. Fruits and vegetables–though healthy–don’t fill the hunger pits and aren’t always effective in boosting energy.
However, crickets are a unique form of protein that fills without unwanted fat. Insects are able to turn their own diets into helpful protein, without adding in unnecessary fats. Of course, crickets aren’t entirely fat-free, but their bodies only include the unsaturated fats you actually need. This not only makes crickets a low-fat snack option, but it also contributes to how filling crickets can be. Crickets contain large amounts of micronutrients such as iron, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus, along with calcium and B12, which are not only necessary for your health and well-being, but also help fill you up and boost your energy.
If we look at the numbers, 100 grams of cricket contains around 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, and 5.1 grams of carbohydrates. And though 100 grams of ground beef contains more protein – around 23.5 grams – it is also much higher in fat, containing around 21.2 grams.
Some cricket-eaters have reported that turning to cricket munchies helped them lose weight, and eating bugs might actually be a tool to help combat obesity. 29-year-old Jason Brink shifted from a typical Western diet to being an entomophagy advocate after mistaking a bowl of crispy crickets for peanuts.
“We have the ability to transform our diets from the steady stream of junk food, to which so many are accustomed, to an entirely different and decidedly broader global culinary adventure,” said Brink in an interview with Mail Online. “It is up to us to make decisions about the future of our waistlines and our planet, and the best option might be a little more…crawly than we initially suspected.”
For how to cook with cricket powder and recipes to try, visit our previous blog post here, or check out our online cricket snack shop, with delicious cricket cookies and snack packs available for order.
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