As reported by many newspapers (as The Guardian on the 3rd April 2020), EU’s European Food Safety Authority is going to approve insects for food consumption within weeks. Crickets are expected to be the first species to get the green light. Does it mean that they are safe?
Insects are invertebrates (as are shrimps, for example), so extremely different from us. The transmissions of diseases from them to us is not possible.
The only case when transmission of diseases is through insects is when they are a vector: they are not the host of the disease but they can spread it from one to another. Like a mosquito biting a monkey and then a human. Of course, this is only possible when they are alive and when animals and humans live close to each other.
Eating insects that are farmed specifically for human consumption in a controlled environment is 100% safe. In other words, eating insects, especially when dried, is as safe as eating pasta or rice.
Actually there was never a doubt about the safety of insects as more than 2 billion people already eat them regularly all over the world.
Edible insects are part of the culinary traditions of many countries, like Mexico, Thailand and South Africa.
Ok, they are safe. But should you eat them? Here the main reasons why you should definitely consider adding crickets to your diet:
- They are very high in protein. Cricket flour (AKA cricket powder, basically 100% ground crickets) has 70% protein. Beef is less than 30%.
Not only quantity but also quality: crickets have all essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
- They are an incredible source of Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin. Unfortunately, no plant-based food (unless fortified) is a source of vitamin B12 so you have to take it from animal products or tablets. It’s extremely important for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and the proper functioning of our immune system.
- They are super sustainable. Insects emit fewer greenhouse gases and ammonia than conventional livestock. They also require much less resources to grow. For example, to make 1kg of beef 22,000 liters of water are needed. For the same amount of crickets, 10 litres are sufficient.
- They actually taste good. Crickets have a unique flavour profile. It’s a mix between shrimps (their DNA is quite similar and their shape too!) and roasted hazelnuts. Experts say it’s both umami and earthy.
Still thinking that the grasshopper in the cover pic is not appetising? We totally understand! That’s why at Crické (a London-based company) we use cricket flour in our Cricket Crackers. In each cracker there are 6-7 crickets but you won’t see them, it’s a flour! The rest? 100% natural ingredients as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and wheat flour.
Curious to try? During the whole month of August 2020 We are now offering Free Delivery within the UK where it’s already possible to sell products with edible insects. Get your offer now!