Why are health nerds gobbling up cricket flour?

Aug 19, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. ET
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Just like the insect they're made from, cricket-based health foods are springing up seemingly everywhere.

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From cricket flour to energy bars to baked cricket chips, these products tout the high-protein, gluten-free benefits of the insect.

Cricket BBQ chips

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Cricket flour has around 12.9 grams of protein per 100 grams. But you know what has more? These (also gluten-free) foods that you won't find crawling amongst the junk in your basement:

  • Beans (14-17 grams)
  • Eggs (13 grams)
  • Egg whites (33 grams)
  • Pumpkin seeds, peanuts and almonds (33 grams)
Source: Healthaliciousness.com

If you're still undecided about whether cricket chips, cakes and cookies are right for you, then make a list of the pros and cons. Mine looks something like this:

Crickets

Pros: Literally none

Cons: Are crickets!

I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do after a workout is eat the creepy critter I just saw jumping out from underneath a pile of old gym mats in the corner.

Then again, to each their own. Would you eat cricket chips as your post-workout snack?

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