Why Eat Insects or Crickets?

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Protein, protein, protein.

We preach the benefits nonstop as an integral part of any lean physique. For your own personal health, and for the overall health of the planet, you should be eating more insects.

This isn’t meant as a provocative, theoretical idea. It’s a serious solution to the increasingly pressing problems of global warming and animal welfare — and a practical way of adding low-fat protein to your diet. The UN has advocated eating insects for these very legitimate reasons, and it’s something two billion or so people around the world have done for centuries.

Eating bugs isn’t a new concept. 80% of the world—and well over 2 billion people—already eat more than 1,900 different types of bugs, we just don’t in the western world. 23 It’s so common and, well, normal elsewhere that the UN released a massive 200-page paper back in 2013 urging people to embrace the idea, or at least entertain it.

But, what’s suddenly making crickets so en vogue as a food source and protein option?
Ding, ding, ding. It all boils down to one key word: sustainability.

 

  1. Here’s why you shouldn’t be grossed out by the idea — and why you should consider increasing your insect intake.

Insects are more sustainable and ethical than chicken, pork, or beef.

Chingrit_thot Chingrit thot (จิ้งหรีดทอด), a Thai deep-fried cricket dish. (takeaway)

 

Put simply, our increasing reliance on factory-farmed meat is killing the planet.

Growing grain and then feeding it to animals so we can eat them — the way the majority of meat is produced nowadays — is incredibly inefficient. Between the carbon dioxide emitted as a result of growing grain and the methane burps emitted by cows as they digest it, it’s estimated that raising livestock generates about 18 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions.

Studies have found that raising insects like meal worms and crickets for food, on the other hand, is much more environmentally benign, because we don’t need to clear nearly as much land to raise them, they’re cold-blooded (so require less feed per unit of body weight to sustain themselves), and we can consume their entire bodies, wasting little flesh.

Insect Efficiency Chart
Because we can grind crickets into flour, exoskeletons and all, we can convert 80%

As a result, the difference in greenhouse gas emissions between producing insects versus conventional meat is huge. This graph, from the UN report, shows the emissions that result from producing a kilogram of pork and beef, compared to a kilogram of insect meat:

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Because demand for meat is rising around the world, livestock production is going to become an increasingly big reason why the planet is warming — unless we find an alternative. Like insects.

2. Insects are a highly nutritious protein source.

It turns out that pound for pound, eating insects like crickets and meal worms (larvae that later turn into beetles) provides similar levels of fat and protein to conventional meats like beef, chicken, and fish.

Here’s some data, featured in Daniella Martin’s new book Edible:

 

These insects also have much higher levels of nutrients like calcium, iron, and zinc, partly because we can eat them ground into a fine powder, exoskeletons and all:

 

These insects are also good sources of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that’s barely found in any plant-based foods (and thus can be difficult for vegans to come by).

Of course, there are other alternate protein sources besides meat, but they each have their own nutritional problems. Most nuts and legumes lack one or more of the nine amino acids our bodies need. Eating excessive amounts of soy — the raw ingredient for tofu, tempeh, and all manner of fake meat products — may cause unfortunate side effects.

3. Eating insects is probably more ethical than eating meat

Lots of smart people disagree about the ethics of eating meat. Some argue that the pleasure we derive from eating meat outweighs the pain and suffering experienced by a cow or pig in captivity, and some say otherwise.

But few argue that these animals experience no suffering at all. Many scientists who’ve studied the insect nervous system, though, believe that they don’t feel pain. And while it is a matter of debate, even though who disagree would be hard-pressed to argue that insects can suffer as profoundly as a cow or pig.

Raising these insects for meat — instead of cows, pigs, and chickens — would reduce the total amount of suffering that results from our appetite for meat.

4. We already eat insects all the time

“A jar of peanut butter is permitted to contain dozens of tiny insect fragments.” Robin McNicoll.

The majority of processed foods you buy have tiny pieces of insect in them. The last jar of peanut butter you bought, for instance, may have had up to 50 insect fragments. A package of frozen broccoli may have up to 60 aphids per 100 grams, and the same volume of chocolate can have about 60 fragments of various insect species.

These figures are limits set by the FDA for food contamination — in their words, “levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans.”

It might come as a surprise that so many processed foods contain insects, but there’s a good reason: bugs inevitably infest virtually all food products we grow at low levels. Some experts estimate that, in total, we eat about one or two pounds of insects each year with our food.

These insects pose no health risks, and even the FDA’s limits are simply set for aesthetic reasons — in other words, so you don’t actually see the bugs mixed in to your food. That you’ve been eating them your entire life should tell you how much of a danger they present.

Moringa and Its Benefits

This name may sound funny but it’s actually a super and extremely nutritious plant. Moringa is native from Himalayan areas, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. And actually can grow almost everywhere, this incredible tree is used to make tea, and medicine as well.

Moringa is used to treat:

  1. “Tired blood” (anemia)
  2. Arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism)
  3. Asthma; cancer; constipation
  4. Diabetes
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Epilepsy
  7. Stomach pain
  8. Stomach and intestinal ulcers
  9. Intestinal spasms
  10. Headache
  11. Heart problems
  12. High blood pressure
  13. Kidney stones
  14. Fluid retention
  15. Thyroid disorders
  16. Bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.

Moringa has so many uses that you will want to use it every day! This amazing tree is an important food source in some parts of the world. The leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition.

Recent scientific research has proven that these leaves are in fact a powerhouse of nutritional value. Its leaf is best known as an excellent source of nutrition and natural energy booster. This energy boost is not based on sugar, and so it is sustained.

The leaves of Moringa are nature’s multi-vitamin that provides:

  1. Vitamin C.
  2. Calcium.
  3. Vitamin A.
  4. Potassium.
  5. Twice the protein of yogurt.

So this could only mean one thing Moringa” is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years. With all the benefits that this tree has we may here reading for hours and hours all the good things about it. This is super healthy for your body, and adding moringa to your cricket protein powder you will be having a complete meal for you, everything is natural, and it doesn’t caused side effect… How amazing is that? So yes, let’s start using these incredible things the nature is giving us to improve our health.

Amazin Moringa Cricket Power Mix!!!

BY DANIELA LOPEZ

If you are one of those who think, “I will never eat or even try a cricket in my life,” well let me tell you that you are missing a big, and helpful benefit that this little thing can bring you to your everyday meal basics.

Yes, actually I was one of those who used to think like that, and I thought on writing this little post to change your mind and switch to crickets as part of everyday meal; however, you may be thinking, “how will I be able to do this?” and the best way to start this new life style is using the Moringa Cricket Powder Mix.

This is just like preparing a regular milk shake or a protein shake, but changing that protein for the Moringa Cricket Powder Mix, and keeping the rest of your favorite fruits, I did it, and believe me you won’t feel the difference!

Moringa Cricket Powder Mix is the best thing you can have as a protein daily drink, and actually you can use it in everything. First, the moringa has infinite benefits, which I will explain deeply in the next post, and the crickets, if you read the prior post, you will know that they contain vitamin B, more potassium than a banana, iron, and much more. So, the mix of these two supplements makes a really super and complete food that you should not give it a second thought and try it!. Believe me, I won’t let you down, it will change your life for much better like mine. You have to taste it!

The World is changing and so do we. Eat Crickets!

Have you ever wonder what is like to eat crickets, and how they taste like? If you are one of those people that never tried a cricket before, you may have asked these questions to yourself before.

Here is why you should eat crickets:

  1. Crickets have been eaten for centuries around the world, so this it is not something new or weird.
  2. Crickets are a whole food.
  3. They don’t need a lot of resources, and certainly emit much less greenhouse gases than cows.
  4. They are a low calorie source of protein.
  5. Crickets are truly a complete protein for our body.
  6. Has more iron than spinach
  7. Contains the B vitamins including B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid.
  8. They deliver many minerals like phosphorous, zinc, selenium and iodine.
  9. Crickets are a good source of omega-3.
  10. More potassium than bananas.
  11. Crickets are a non-dairy source of calcium.
  12. Unlike common animal foods in the standard Western diet, crickets provide dietary fiber.
  13. Crickets are the ultimate paleo food and contain only 5 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams.
  14. Cricket protein powder is becoming popular amongst body-builders as an alternative to highly processed whey protein isolate.
  15. They are really good for your health.

Having all these important facts, you should add the crickets on your meals, beside you will have fun you knowing how other cultures cook and eat crickets, you can’t even imagine how many things you can do with this amazing and nutritious insects.

Seginus Farms is the first urban farm in Florida and we are devoted to raised edible crickets for human consumption. For us it is very important to let people know that the world is changing, and we need to keep our evolution just as any other animal living is doing.

We want to create global awareness, and help to change the way the food is being processed by just adding this incredible little insect to our life capable of maintaining a healthy life style with its nutrition, and vitamins. Most people may not know how much protein crickets have and it is comparable to chicken, beef, fish and pork. So, why not included in our everyday meal?