Crickets, the Gateway Bug
Portland, OR / 04.12.18
Would you eat bugs? Did you know that 80% of countries and over 2.5 billion people around the world already eat them?
Bugs are highly nutritious and raising bugs versus cows or other livestock is kinder to our planet. It is 20 times more efficient to raise one pound of insect protein over one pound of beef protein. It also takes about 1 gallon of water to make 1 lb of cricket meat versus a whopping 2,000 gallons of water to make 1 lb of beef. Regarding nutrition, according to Health.com, different insects have varying levels of nutrients, but many are high in protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
Bugs are also tasty. Travel to other countries that eat bugs (again, only 20% of the world including the US does NOT eat bugs) and you will see that not only do people eat them, they love eating them! In Thailand, people enjoy snacking on grasshoppers and crickets. Ghanaians rely on termites as their main source of protein. In China, roasted larvae are served in high-end restaurants. In Central and South America, agave worms are highly sought after for food and as the coveted worms found into mescal. As you can see, countries that don’t eat bugs may be missing out on something very delicious!
How can I embrace bugs?
As a baby step for Americans, companies are introducing bugs into our diet via crickets and cricket flour. Cricket flour can be baked into many snacks and treats such as Chirps Chips, which is a fun snack that I promise tastes delicious. According to Chirps Chips’ website, their chips are rich in protein, contain 30% less fat than regular chips, are gluten and soy-free, and non-GMO. The only people that should avoid cricket snacks are those with a crustacean shellfish allergy.
Again, what exactly is cricket flour?
Cricket flour is a powder made with crickets instead of grains (like bread flour). Cricket flour can be used in baked goods and snacks.
My teenage son and I tried Chirp Chips Sea Salt, BBQ, and Cheddar flavors.
Sea salt flavor reminded us of the popular corn chips sold in orange and red bags. My son said they were “very tasty and no one would guess they had crickets in them unless you told them.” I agree, the chips were super tasty and I could have easily devoured the entire bag. The cheddar flavor tasted like corn chips with cheddar seasoning. Very nice if you are a big cheese lover. Finally, BBQ flavor which also was our favorite of the trio. Lots of crunchy texture and a nice blend of barbeque seasonings. Again, no discernible “buggy flavor” but rather just like any delicious snack that would satisfy one’s cravings for salt, flavor, and crunch.
Chirps are a tasty way to start eating bugs. They come in three delicious flavors, satisfy crunchy cravings, and have five grams of protein per bag. You would not know they were made with crickets at all. Someday my son and I would love to get more adventurous on the insect front, but for now this is our gateway into the bug world.
This is not a paid post. I did receive product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.