Got questions? See below for our FAQ, feel free to email us at email@example.com if you need any further info, we’re more than happy to help!
Is it safe?
Yes it is!
Unlike other producers, we raise our crickets specifically for human consumption and not for pet food. From breeding to packaging, the entire process is strictly controlled and monitored.
Our 100% cricket powder is suitable for anyone with gluten and/or lactose intolerance.
Please note, however, that crickets are crustaceans, which means that if you’re allergic to shellfish, you should NOT consume this product.
What is the health benefit?
Proteins are the building blocks of life, and they are essential to our daily diet. Our cricket powder is high in protein and nutrients. And, because it is animal-based, it also contains all the amino acids your body needs. In fact, it has more protein per gram than beef, pork, chicken, lamb and fish. So you eat less, but you get the same amount of protein. And, unlike with protein supplements, there’s no processing or extracting involved (read more in the paleo section below).
Crickets are also high in calcium and iron – around 169.2mg and 4.6mg per 100g respectively. By comparison, beef, which has the highest iron content among traditional meats, contains only 2mg per 100g.
Another substance found in crickets but not in other meats is chitin. Properties attributed to chitin include its ability to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and to help you lose weight. However, although a chitin supplement (chitosan) is generally available on the market, we must caution that these findings are still being research today.
See our nutritional information page for a full nutritional breakdown and comparison.
Why is it not suitable for those allergic to shellfish?
“Insects and crustaceans belong to the most abundant and diversified (thanks to bugs!) phylum of the animal kingdom : the arthropods. They are defined by their exoskeleton, their segmented bodies and their appanages. Besides insects and crustacean, the other members of this big family are the chelicerates (spiders,acari and scorpions) and the myriapods (millipedes and centipedes).
According to this phylogenetic relation, the literature and different studies, insects and crustaceans are sharing some common allergens. The tropomyosin, the chitin and the arginine kinase in insects are more or less similar to the ones in crustaceans. A cross-reactivity is possible and an allergic reaction after insect gestion for someone who is allergic to shellfish can occur.”
You can read the full article here.
How do I use these cricket powder?
Just like other health powders, such as acai or chia seeds, nutritious cricket powder can be blended with fruits and veggies or mixed with any food you like. Add a tablespoon (or more!) to your oatmeal porridge, to smoothies, to protein balls, shakes, the choice is yours.
You can also add cricket powder to virtually any recipe that uses almost any kind of flour, including bread, cookies, muffins, cakes, pancakes, homemade tortillas, pasta, noodles and many more.
Likewise, because it is gluten-free, cricket powder is a nutritious alternative to flours such as almond and coconut, which are commonly used in gluten-free recipes.
Watch out for a host of tasty tried and tested recipes soon to become a regular feature on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Is it Paleo?
Glad you asked. Insects and worms are just as paleo as your grass fed beef and your organic heirloom carrots.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors survived on insects and worms when they couldn’t get hold of wild animals, which – as you’ll know if you’ve ever tried hunting deer with a pointed stick – was most of the time. In ancient Roman, worms were considered a great delicacy. The Bible itself (Matt 3:4) tells us that John the Baptist survived on a diet of locusts and honey, and the Old Testament (Lev 11:21) positively encourages the consumption of grasshoppers and crickets.
If you’re following the paleo lifestyle, you should certainly consider incorporating insects into your diet.
Is cricket powder a processed food?
No, it isn’t. Our crickets are roasted and ground, and that’s all!
The bad news for anyone wanting to cut out processed foods is that – no matter how hard the marketers try to convince you otherwise – all protein supplements are heavily processed.
No food that contains 98% protein can possibly claim to be “natural”. You can’t extract protein from milk, rice, peas or any other food product simply by drying it and putting it through a strainer. It’s a very complex process, often involving the use of chemicals.
Another great thing about our cricket powder is it doesn’t contain any extras – hidden or otherwise – such as artificial colours, flavourings, sweeteners or anything else of questionable origin.
Is it sustainable to rear crickets/insects for food?
Yes it is!
Rearing and harvesting insects and worms is not only relatively easy and sustainable, it also has a positive effect on the environment. Let’s break it down into a few simple points.
Insects and worms don’t take up as much space as traditional farm animals like cattle, pigs, chicken or even fish. Insects can be reared in boxes or trays or similar containers that can then be stacked on top of each other to save yet more space. A small box (1.2 metres by 2.4 metres and 0.6 of a metre high) that can produce around 25 to 30 kilograms of crickets would barely hold a newborn calf, let alone a herd of cows!
Insects and worms have a high food-to-meat conversion rate, so they don’t need as much food as most other animals we farm. Crickets only need 1.7kg of feed to get 1kg of animal weight; by comparison beef, pork and chicken have a ratio of 10kg, 5kg and 2.5kg respectively.
Why is this important? Well, the plant-based food that farm animals eat has to be grown somewhere, and it also has to be irrigated, which takes up even more land and valuable water on top of that.
Yet another advantage of insects and worms is they can be fed on organic waste. It’s not uncommon for small farmers to reduce waste and increase productivity by feeding their insects on their surplus fruit and vegetables.
Because they’re such small creatures with short lifecycles, insects use much less water per kilogram of weight than larger animals – around 8-10 litres per kilogram.
4. Greenhouse gasses
Due to their metabolism, crickets produce an insignificant amount of greenhouse gases (click here to find out more).
Where can I read more about Entomophagy?
For a good source of informations you can check the following documents:
3. Dennis Oonincx: An Exploration on Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Production by Insect Species Suitable for Animal or Human Consumption (referred on the Live science article above).
Can I buy wholesale for my business?
Yes you can! Whether you’re a reseller or a food manufacturer, we can supply you. Email us your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Do you sell cooked crickets or any other insects & worms?
We are currently developing crispy fried cricket in various flavours and will be introducing the product very soon. If you’re interested and would like to get an update, send us an email to email@example.com