Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crickets in your protein bar?

I was listening to Ben Greenfield on the Endurance Planet podcast while jamming on the strider machine this morning.

A great discussion ensued regarding protein sources. Of course we have casein,  whey, plant based, soy...but crickets?

Ben mentioned that he enjoyed a new brand of cricket protein bars, made by Exo. Here's a link for more info:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exoprotein/exo-protein-bars-made-from-cricket-flour

And here's a bit of promo talk from the site:

Exo will introduce to the West one of the most nutritious and sustainable protein sources in the world: insects. Through combining cricket flour (slow roasted and milled crickets) with organic and all-natural ingredients such as raw cacao, dates, almond butter and coconut, we have created a bar that is high in protein, low in sugar, incredibly nutritionally dense, and packed with omega 3 fatty acids, iron and calcium. Our bars are free of: unnatural sugars, gluten, grains, dairy, soy, artificial preservatives and anything processed.

Crickets are exceptionally nutritious. They are high in protein (69% by dry weight) and contain all the essential amino acids. They are also high in micronutrients: crickets have more iron than beef and almost as much calcium as milk.

Are you all in on this product? I remember reading in the bible that John the Baptist ate wild locusts; he may have been one of the first to go all-insect in protein sourcing.

Let me know how you like 'em, think I'll stick to my plant and soy derivative for now.

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