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Protein Bars made from CRICKETS - more protein than beef. Acceptable Paleo protein bar of the future?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 07, 2013 at 5:59 PM

I recently stumbled upon this awesome cricket flour protein bar (their cricket flour has more protein than beef) concept on Kick Starter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exoprotein/exo-protein-bars-made-from-cricket-flour

Exo will introduce to the West one of the most nutritious and sustainable protein sources in the world: insects.

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Through combining cricket flour (slow roasted and milled crickets) with organic and all-natural ingredients such as raw cacao, dates, almond butter and coconut, they have created a bar that is high in protein, low in sugar, incredibly nutritionally dense, and packed with omega 3 fatty acids, iron and calcium. The bars are free of: unnatural sugars, gluten, grains, dairy, soy, artificial preservatives and anything processed.

Each bar has 10g bioavailable protein and is gluten/grain/soy/dairy free.

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I think this is brilliant. Their cricket flour has more protein than beef and doesn???t contribute to a food system that destroys our environment. With all of the issues surrounding livestock (producing as much carbon as a car, being pumped full of drugs that threaten humans with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, etc), we could really use a sustainable protein source and insects fit the bill. People have been eating bugs for ages... I love how Exo is trying to bring this practice in a 'friendlier' way to the masses.

What do you guys think? Would you eat these? If no, why not?

I've donated to the cause and am anxiously awaiting my 10 free protein bar samples. I'll let you know how they taste!

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on August 08, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Crunchy on outside and slightly gooey on inside. Like an overlooked French fry. Taste is dominated by what ever seasoning they use

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on August 08, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Out of curiosity - what is the taste like? Does one eat the entire cricket, including wings, legs, eyes, etc., or discard some parts?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:47 PM

btw, comparing cricket flour to natural beef is not really a fair comparison. My Whey protein would be 80g of protein per 100g. Beef is not refined to have a high protein count, cricket flour is

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Yep I agree with your points!

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Yes! I was in China last October and had some BBQ crickets and I really enjoyed them. Agree with the sugar point, but as I mentioned I admire how they are trying to bring something seen as 'horrifying' to most people and turn it into something they may at least try.

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:39 PM

I agree with eating real food over anything processed -- but I admire how Exo is trying to bring something that seems foreign (aka nasty) to most people (albeit, no one on here ;)) and turn it into something that is more 'socially acceptable' while also benefiting the environment and addressing some serious issues surrounding how we feed our population. This is much more beneficial than the average 'Paleo-friendly' protein bar sugar bomb IMO.

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Nice, looks pretty rich in fat. Points to whoever can figure out the fatty acid composition!

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:08 PM

I'd rather just eat crickets, but I don't see anything wrong with these. If you have never eaten insects before, google "thai insects import" and you'll find plenty of places to order from.

In the end, I like my food looking like food (even if it has eyes, arms, or wings), and not "individual meal units."

I do find the term "cricket flour" sort of wrong, though. Just like soy/almond/rice/hemp/whatever-milk isn't milk, cricket flour isn't flour. It is probably most correctly deemed cricket meal.

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:39 PM

I agree with eating real food over anything processed -- but I admire how Exo is trying to bring something that seems foreign (aka nasty) to most people (albeit, no one on here ;)) and turn it into something that is more 'socially acceptable' while also benefiting the environment and addressing some serious issues surrounding how we feed our population. This is much more beneficial than the average 'Paleo-friendly' protein bar sugar bomb IMO.

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:32 PM

If I want protein, I will eat meat or eggs, or even a protein powder, not a candy bar with 27 grams of carbs in in it. I have no problem with the crickets, it is the rest of the ingredients and the (presumably) high price that would cause me to avoid something like this.

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Yep I agree with your points!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:29 PM

Ultimately I have no problem eating these (I was visiting China and had barbeque crickets that were huge and delicious), but whether I would buy it would be based on price.

A friend is pushing the "Epic Bars" as the ultimate paleo protein bar, but at $3/bar and each bar ~200 calories, 13g protein, 11g fat -- that's just not worth it.

Two hard boiled eggs have more protein less sugar and are less than $1.

If I need a snack, veggies and eggs are still my go to. If these cricket bars want to get into my cabinet, they are going to have to beat out the incredible, edible, egg.

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on August 07, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Yes! I was in China last October and had some BBQ crickets and I really enjoyed them. Agree with the sugar point, but as I mentioned I admire how they are trying to bring something seen as 'horrifying' to most people and turn it into something they may at least try.

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

(529)

on August 08, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Out of curiosity - what is the taste like? Does one eat the entire cricket, including wings, legs, eyes, etc., or discard some parts?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 08, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Crunchy on outside and slightly gooey on inside. Like an overlooked French fry. Taste is dominated by what ever seasoning they use

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on August 07, 2013
at 10:16 PM

Some media coverage last year in UK about ground up mealworms to replace grain flour.

I think this was the radio show (oops - 2011 - time flies): http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/14718927

The Dutch are breeding the worms for this purpose (not sure about "adding them to flour"), and the impression I got is they think this is inevitable.

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