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10 reasons why you should eat crickets

10 reasons why you should start eating chia, maca, ashwaghanda seeds, the list goes on and on. These are considered some of the most powerful superfoods right now

 ¿Could we add crickets to this list?


Possibly if you are here you are wondering why eat crickets, right? The idea of entomophagy (eating insects) can be difficult, and some people have that cultural rejection. Once you get past that barrier, you will be amazed. Trust me! 

Insect-based food is already very popular in Europe, America, Canada, and Asia. Crickets have been the most popular edible insect, as they are easy to grind into a powder that can be added to any recipe without anyone noticing. 

These little crawling creatures are in every food we eat. Believe it or not, you eat insects every day without even knowing it. For example, in coffee, peanut butter, tomato, chocolate among many others. But if you have eaten an insect by choice before, you may know that it is not the only one. Edible insects are consumed as food in many countries of the world. According to the United Nations for Food and Agriculture (FAO), there are 2 billion people who consume insects as part of their diets. It means that a third of the entire planet already eats insects and you can too. We love to eat crickets!


We love to eat crickets!



At TRILLIONS we believe that crickets are the most incredible superfood in the world. And we feel great since we started adding cricket dust to our lives. We are passionate about our products and our team wants to spread the word about how powerful insect foods are. But sometimes it can be difficult to convince people to give insects a try. There are so many good reasons to start eating insects! We've rounded up 10 that will make you accept that eating insects is a very good idea. Look at them:


1. Insects are very nutritious and healthy.


They are rich in protein, vitamins, fatty acids, rich in fiber and micronutrients such as copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. Crickets, for example, have up to 69% protein. They are also a source of quality protein (They contain the 9 essential amino acids that our body does not produce) and they are high in vitamin B12.


2. Very efficient in feed conversion


Insects have a high feed conversion efficiency because they are cold-blooded. Feed to meat conversion rates mean how much feed is needed to produce a 1 kg weight gain. Crickets, for example, require only 2 kilograms of food for every 1 kilogram of body weight gain, while cattle require 8 kg of food to produce 1 kg of body weight gain.


3. Less greenhouse gases and ammonia emissions


Greenhouse gas production by most insects is much less than that of conventional livestock. For example, pigs produce 10 to 100 times more greenhouse gases per kg of weight than mealworms.


4. Streams of organic waste as food


Almost 50% of all food produced in the world ends up as waste each year. Insects can feed on biological waste, such as food, compost, animal milk, and add value to the waste.


5. Food of the future: a solution to world hunger?


Today the Earth is home to 7 billion people, and there are almost a billion chronically hungry people in the world. In 2050 we will be 9 billion, and to feed all these people we must re-evaluate what we eat and how we produce our food. With global demand for livestock products expected to double between 2000 and 2050 (from 229 million tones to 465 million tons), a sustainable solution is definitely required.



6. 80% of the world's nations are already eating insects.

It is estimated that the consumption of insects is practiced regularly by at least 2 billion people around the world. More than 1,900 species have reportedly been used for food. There is surely something for everyone!


7. Insects require less land


About 70% of agricultural land, and 30% of the total land on earth, is used to raise livestock. It is easy to grow insects on a large scale without harming the environment, as they require much less land than traditional livestock.



8. Less water


Agriculture consumes about 70% of fresh water worldwide. According to the FAO, it is estimated that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. Imagine how much water we could save by eating more insects and less beef! Crickets require 1 liter per 1 kg, the production of 1 kg of chicken requires 2,300 liters of virtual water, 1 kg of pork requires 3,500 liters, and 1 kg of beef requires 22,000 liters. crickets require less water than cattle.


9. Lower risk of transmitting disease than livestock


Because insects are taxonomically much further away from humans than conventional livestock, the risk of zoonotic infections (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) is expected to be low.


10. Insects taste delicious!


Crickets, for example, can be described as having a nutty and earthy flavor similar to mushrooms. Some people say they smell like popcorn. And if you also combine them with natural ingredients like us, you will have an optimal nutritional product and delicious flavor!



SOURCES:
Telegraph
Edible insects  - Fao
Fao
Entomofarms
Elsevier
Livestock´s long shadow - Fao
The contribution of insects - Fao
Theguardian

 

 
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