A little odd, massively sustainable
EATING INSECTS MAY BE A BIT WEIRD, WE ARE HERE TO BREAK THAT TABOO!
INSECTS ARE AN INCREDIBLE PROTEIN SOURCE FOR
Greenhouse gases released per kg
LIVESTOCK INDUSTRIES ARE THE SECOND WORLD CAUSE OF ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION.
Crickets produce less than 0.1% of the greenhouse gases that cows produce¹.
Water required g of protein - Insects: mealworms. From empirical studies, crickets seems even more sustainable
CRICKETS REQUIRE only 20% OF THE WATER THAT COWS NEED TO PRODUCE THE SAME AMOUNT OF PROTEIN.
Taking into account the huge amount of water needed for forage crops, cows require a staggering amount of water. Insects obtain hydration directly from food and use significantly less water than vertebrate livestock!⠀Also compared to vegetables, they are much more efficient thanks to their incredible protein content.
CRICKETS HAVE UP TO 70% PROTEIN AND ARE A COMPLETE PROTEIN SOURCE
They have a protein content of about two to three times higher than red meat. Edible insects — and crickets in particular — are a complete protein source, containing all the essential amino acids — the building blocks of protein that we can only get from food.
Vitamin B12 content in μg per 100g
CRICKETS ARE INCREDIBLY HIGH IN VITAMIN B12
Vitamin B12 is a real powerhouse. It is crucial for a healthy immune system and brain. It is also involved in the formation of red blood cells and helps to create and regulate DNA. In other words, Vitamin B12 is highly recommended to boost your body's defences! Also, Vitamin B12 may improve your mood. Really.
However, this vitamin plays a vital role in synthesising and metabolising serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating mood. Getting enough vitamin B12 through your diet is crucial, especially if you are trying to reduce meat as it's not present in plant-based food (unless it's artificially added).
¹Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Oonincx et al., 2010 (Greenhouse gases); Miglietta et al., 2015; Los Angeles Times -water footprint project (Water); Oonincx and de Boer, 2012 (Land); Collavo et al., 2005 and Smil, 2002 (Feed).
² R.T. Gahukar, in Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients, 2016. Production of a kilogram of chicken, pork, or beef requires 2,300; 3,500; or 22,000–43,000 L of water, respectively (Pimentel et al., 2004).
³ Premalatha et al., 2011.
NICE, BUT WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE?
The taste of cricket flour resembles hazelnuts or toasted seeds. It’s very mild and gives each bite a distinct flavour.
At Small Giants, we use a fine cricket flour which adds a smooth nutty flavour to our products. Enjoy all the nutritional benefits of edible insects with these tasty snacks!
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