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Would you eat cricket protein?



  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 933Member Member Posts: 933Member Member
    Sure. I've generally tried similar things when offered, and I have considered buying the cricket powder/flour to try it.
  • k8eekinsk8eekins Posts: 1,236Member Member Posts: 1,236Member Member
    ONLY If it was the only option for calories, I would eat it, preferably as a trail mix, but I'll need water accessible to wash it down, for I won't be able to get over "I'm eating insects."
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Posts: 8,896Member, Premium Member Posts: 8,896Member, Premium Member
    I would. I considered it, in fact, when I saw one on Amazon. Then rationality won over curiosity...

    If crickets are a cheap source of protein, then why is that protein bar so expensive per gram of protein? I'll wait until (if ever) the process is streamlined enough to have a reasonable cost. As long as cheese is produced commercially, I see no real reason to switch to crickets unless crickets get exceptionally cheap. Whey is a waste product, after all, and that waste needs to go somewhere.
  • HamsibianHamsibian Posts: 1,374Member Member Posts: 1,374Member Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    Yup I would try it. I'm not a fan of eating the insect itself due to the texture (feeling of the crunch and legs) but all ground up, ya why not.

  • LolinloggenLolinloggen Posts: 90Member Member Posts: 90Member Member
    my forst thought is "of course" But then again I am always interested in new (or in this case very old) types of foods. IMO in western diet we have moved away from a lot of good foods and habits due to 'civilisation' and wanting to attain to when 'higher' classes eat and live like.
    Never mind that those 'higher' classes not higher just richer in money and often poorer in empathy and taste
  • GottaBurnEmAllGottaBurnEmAll Posts: 7,511Member Member Posts: 7,511Member Member
    I'm a vegetarian. That would be a nope from me.
  • slimgirljo15slimgirljo15 Posts: 207,004Member, Premium Member Posts: 207,004Member, Premium Member
  • Noreenmarie1234Noreenmarie1234 Posts: 3,568Member Member Posts: 3,568Member Member
    I have seen so many bars made with cricket protein and it sounds disgusting. I just can't stop picturing the bugs and it would turn me off even if it tasted good. I've heard a few people who have tried the bars say they are terrible, but I am sure there will be others who love the taste, haha.
    edited December 2018
  • Sunrain2018Sunrain2018 Posts: 19Member Member Posts: 19Member Member
    I would try it.
  • cricketpowercricketpower Posts: 522Member Member Posts: 522Member Member
    @cricketpower Thoughts?

    @midwesterner85 ~ ha, yep! :)

    I don't recommend mixing the flour with eggs for "huevos con grillos". That was nasty.

    I had no problem chugging the pure flour in water, though. After awhile it actually kind of tasted like chocolate to me.

  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 933Member Member Posts: 933Member Member
    There are a lot of cricket-based foods available besides the bars -- I think the flour (which is basically a protein powder) is more interesting. Here's a site selling them:

    The problem, and why I will not order any, is that despite the better argument for cricket as a source of protein being that it should be very cheap and possible to be sustainably produced, they are all really expensive niche products. Maybe that's, in theory, a necessary stage to make them catch on, or to appeal to a certain market, but it makes me not interested.
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 169Member Member Posts: 169Member Member
    I actually find living crickets to be disgusting and can't stand being around them. So the idea of actually eating one, whole or ground, sounds repugnant.

    And although I am generally an adventurous eater, I'm not sure I could purposely eat any bug unless I needed to for survival.

  • yukfooyukfoo Posts: 454Member Member Posts: 454Member Member
    I'm in! Have actually eaten these while vacation traveling...Not for the faint of heart.
    edited December 2018
  • Howard_M_BurgerzHoward_M_Burgerz Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Some of the cricket protein bars aren't too bad either. Would definitely use cricket powder. Bit pricey the last time I checked though.
  • Noreenmarie1234Noreenmarie1234 Posts: 3,568Member Member Posts: 3,568Member Member
    These are really popular at my grocery store.. r4iw1c2wo6x2.png

  • happytree923happytree923 Posts: 452Member Member Posts: 452Member Member
    I would try crickets and MAYBE worms but that's it for insects.
  • 4legsRbetterthan24legsRbetterthan2 Posts: 15,511Member, Premium Member Posts: 15,511Member, Premium Member
    I would try one of the bars if I came across it and it wasn't super expensive. Not sure I could eat an actual cricket, the legs freak me out some. On the other hand I eat calamari, so maybe its just something I would have to try to get over.
  • neugebauer52neugebauer52 Posts: 329Member Member Posts: 329Member Member
    Have a look at ingredients - most food stuff percentages do not add up to 100 %. The rest are: bugs, beetles, mouse and rat droppings and other delightful additions...
  • RetiredAndLovingItRetiredAndLovingIt Posts: 442Member Member Posts: 442Member Member
    My great nephew is a cricket farmer with some friends of his. They raise them & then they are shipped to California? to be made into flour. His mom has eaten them, but not sure I am brave enough! (I also think they are white..not the ordinary black ones that drive you nuts with their chirping! Lol)
    edited December 2018
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