Flour Made From Crickets Now in Some Pre-Packaged Foods
Over the past decade or so ago, several types of flour appear to have popped up.
When we were kids, there were basically 2 kinds of flour readily available at your local grocer's: wheat flour and corn flour.
Then came the gluten generation and, along with it, "other" types of flour. Rice flour, almond flour, hazelnut flour, coconut flour, cashew, pecan, sorghum, buckwheat, arrowroot, oat - so many types of flour.
Now you can add a flour very high in protein to the list: cricket flour.
I would assume that people have been eating crickets for as long as there have been both crickets and people.
I first tried crickets back in the 1990s when there was a push for people to start eating crickets. These crickets came dried and covered in chocolate. And you know what? They were really good.
Now it appears that cricket flour is being put into snacks and such.
Right there, in the blue circle in white letters, it clearly says "POWERED BY CRICKETS".
On the back of the package, under the ingredients list, you can clearly see 4 other types of flour before the "Cricket Flour" is listed.
And, as an additional warning (?), under the ingredients list is the word "contains", in bold. It clearly states that the bag contains crickets.
So, why are there so many warnings that the bag contains crickets? Because some people with shellfish allergies might be allergic to crickets.
Now, with all of that being said, would you try a product made with cricket powder?
I have to admit that the thought of eating crickets is not very appealing to me, but: there was a time that I thought sushi was gross and there's no way in a million years that I'd ever put raw fish in my mouth no way not me I ain't doin' it. Now I can eat two orders of sashimi, chef's choice!
As for the nutritional value of crickets, Dr. Axe of Ancient Nutrition breaks it down for us:
- Cricket Flour has at least double the protein as chicken and almost 3 times that of sirloin
- Two tablespoons of cricket flour is only 55 calories
- Only .8 grams of carbs
- 7 grams protein
- 2 grams fat
- Contains iron, calcium, B12 and B2
Also, cricket flour is gluten-free.
According to Dr. Axe's story, crickets are a much more sustainable form of protein, as they are much easier to farm. For the same amount of protein, crickets require about 6 times less food than cattle.
To be processed, crickets are frozen and then roasted. After being roasted, the crickets are ground up, and voila: cricket flour!
How expensive is cricket flour? More expensive than regular flour.
A lot more.
I found a 1.5 lb bag of cricket flour for sale online for over $80. That's about $50 per pound!
I'm willing to try cricket flour, but not willing to pay that much for it.
I called 3 different stores that came up on the "Health Food Stores in Lafayette, Louisiana", and none of them had cricket flour. Sandra's Health Food Store did offer to special order it for me, though, so I guess it's available(ish) locally.
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