These hoppers could power your next workout. Grubs up ...

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If you think eating insects just isn't cricket, think again

So, we’ve rediscovered kale, soya milk has lost its cool, and we’re obsessed with anything and everything to do with a coconut – but have you caught beetlemania yet?

 

We’re sorry to tell you (and very sorry if you’re squeamish), but we are in the midst of an insect-eating revolution – after all, a creepy-crawly diet is better for the environment, our health, and possibly the economy too, or so they say. Convinced yet?

 

A new 'energy bar' made from crickets (ground crickets to be exact) and flavoured with cacao nut or peanut butter and jelly (that’s the good part) has been developed, and the inventors insist it’s a more sustainable source of protein than other animal-based alternatives. 

 

Glaswegian Gabi Lewis, American Greg Sewitz and their company, Exo, say that we need to get over our insect-eating phobia as crickets have an incredibly high protein-to-weight ratio. Could this be goodbye protein shakes?

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Exo's peanut butter and jelly protein bar made with crickets. That'll get the party jumping

Gabi told the MailOnline: “Crickets are exceptionally nutritious and uniquely sustainable. They are high in complete protein, iron and calcium, but require a fraction of [the] land, water and feed conventional protein sources need.

 

We chose crickets because their consumption comes with a lower psychological hurdle than most other insects. I think we’d have a much tougher time hawking protein bars made with mealworms or dung beetles.”

 

Chris Cashin RD, MSc and member of the British Dietetic Association, told Homemade: “On their own, crickets are quite low in protein but ground up as a flour may make them a more concentrated source.

"Insects have been suggested as the next great protein source, although it's still difficult to say how many you would have to eat to see the benefits.


"I think that many people may be put off eating them. I have suggested using them to my rugby-playing son and he looked horrified. I must admit that I wouldn't want to eat them!

 

"While other cultures eat insects as a matter of course, it may well take some time to catch on here."

 

Hmmm. Yeah, we think we might wait it out a bit, to be honest.