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Protein Bar of the Future?

June 23, 2017

CHAPUL CRICKET BARS

Photo by Raven Cortright

 

Nutritional Profile 4/5

(Per bar)

Calories: 220

Sugars: 8g

Carbs:15g

Protein: 10g

Fat: 13g

Fiber: 5g

 

Taste 3/5

These are definitely not the most delicious protein bars on the market, but they are made with insect protein. Considering they taste decent is shocking in its own right. The texture is soft and moist, and the bar is filling as a post workout source of protein. However, it’s not something I would buy simply because there are better-tasting bars on the market with a similar nutritional profile. However, these are a great go-to bar if sustainability and environmental friendliness are your top priority.

 

Why CRICKET PROTEIN?

You might be wondering why anyone would want to start using cricket protein in their snacks. The reason isn't simply adventurous eating. In fact, crickets are one of the most sustainable sources of protein on the market. They use less resources and provide high amounts of protein, fiber, and prebiotics. Surprisingly, cricket protein even boasts 15% more iron than spinach. Insects have been of culinary use to many societies over the centuries, and food scientists are beginning to wonder if adding insects back into our diets could help solve global food and environmental crises. You can even find a Ted Talks on the subject (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzrpSXqp40g). It takes significantly less land, food, and water to raise crickets than cows, pigs, crops, etc. And cricket protein is a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids.

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