Crickets have entered the tech startup scene. One such company, Aketta, has introduced whole roasted crickets. They are both dairy and gluten-free. But what makes them unique is that they are paleo-friendly.
Being on the paleo-diet has been a challenge when I’ve been unprepared with a snack in hand. If you’re unfamiliar with the paleo diet, it is a diet free of grains, legumes, dairy and processed foods. In short, it is a low carb, medium protein, high fat diet. The benefits include the reduction of heart disease, type 2 diabetes as well as a number of other chronic diseases that affect the western world.
I first heard of cricket snacks at my favorite paleo restaurant, Hu Kitchen. A paleo-friendly restaurant in the heart of Union Square, it caters to the paleo and healthy-eating demographic. Anytime I spend time in Manhattan I need to be prepared with snacks on hand. The Aketta flavored crickets make for the perfect snack. Purchasing a cricket protein snack may sound odd to the western world, but the benefits are immense.
Our food supply is facing a serious problem. According to National Geographic, by the year 2050 we will need to feed an additional two billion people. We may face a global crisis. But there is an answer.
According to Daniel Fromson from the Atlantic, “Insects require less land and water and measured per kilogram of edible mass, mealworms generate 10 to 100 times less greenhouse gas than pigs”. In fact, they are the most efficient form of protein on earth. Insects such as crickets can be the key to food sustainability on our planet. Whether people will accept crickets as a daily staple in their diet is another question.
According to Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Eating Animals, “high-yield farming has allowed everyone to eat.” However, if we make a shift to insects it can improve the welfare of animals and sustainability on our planet.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to try a cricket!
Zach Schleien is the founder of Lift Protein Muffins