Why eat crickets? Here, we give just four reasons:

Crickets are a super food

Crickets are very nutritious, thus making an excellent alternative to meat. Their protein content is even higher than that of beef, reaching 70% in dried form. Furthermore, insect protein is highly absorbable by the human body. Crickets also contain all the nine indispensable amino acids and plenty of vitamins and minerals: vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, calcium.
Thus, crickets on the dining table enhance the nutritional value of any meal.

Rich in proteins: boost muscle growth and fat burning, bolster metabolism as well as cerebral and cardiac functions, balance blood sugar level
Rich in iron: supply energy, enhance muscle function, facilitate brain activity.
A source of vitamin B12: support nervous system functions, improve memory – a higher energy level, healthier hair and taut skin.
Rich in calcium: strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, foster weight loss

Nutrient content

One serving of cricket flour (2 tablespoons, 12 grams) accounts for approximately:

  • 55 kilocalories
  • 0.8 grams of carbohydrates
  • 7 grams of protein
  • 2 grams of fat
  • 4 percent of daily required iron intake
  • 2 percent of daily required calcium intake
  • 17 percent of daily required vitamin B12 intake
  • 23 percent of daily required vitamin B2 intake

Source: draxe.com

Did you know

  • that crickets contain twice to thrice the amount of protein, and twice the amount of highly absorbable iron, than meat: Article 1, Article 2
  • of a very good summary of valuable proteins coupled with user experience: Green Wonderland Alice
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Environmental sustainability

Raising insects for food consumes far less resources, thus leaving a much smaller ecological footprint than livestock farming.
For instance, compared to the farming of cattle, that of crickets requires:

Insects are a food of the future

The population of the world is growing at a brisk rate, gaining an estimated 70 million each year. By 2050, it is projected to total 9 billion people. This would require meat production to double. Mother Earth would be unable to provide sufficient resources (incl. land, water) to continue feeding all the additional hungry mouths at the present level. As the raising of insects for food requires far less resources than the raising of vertebrates, a large portion of future animal protein will of necessity come from insects.

Insects have been food for humans ever since prehistoric times

While crickets are a novel food (= new food) in Europe, eating insects (incl. crickets) is by no means a novelty.

Insects were eaten already in archaic times, and prehistoric Europeans drew a depiction of a locust-like insect on a cave wall
At present, insects are a daily food for an estimated 2 billion people. There are approximately 2,000 species of edible insects, and insect food is delicious – why not taste it?

 Grasshopper, engraving from the Cave of the Trois-Frères

A grasshopper, drawn approximately 15,000 years ago on the wall of a cave
at Trois-Frères (southern France).

While insect food is still an outlandish idea in Estonia, it represents a traditional human food that is useful, environmentally sustainable and tasty to boot.