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Cricket Powder Showing up in Your Food

Would you? Should you eat them?

For me: NO!

Crickets. Learn how to read ingredient labels.

Acheta domesticus may be on the label – it is Cricket. Some are hiding it by calling it “Acheta Protein” and promoting it as a great alternative to animal protein.

“Made with Cricket Protein Powder”

ALERT! If you have a shellfish allergy it is likely to cross react with cricket acheta protein causing a severe reaction. If you have an extreme allergy to shellfish and unknowingly eat cricket or aches, this could cause an adverse response—up to and including death—without immediate medical attention.

Hoppy Planet Foods’ “Chocolate Chirp Cookies”

Cheddar Cheese Puffs product from Actually Foods

Exo Protein bars.

Slowly, we are being led to believe that eating sustainably raised meat is bad.

There’s a big push to mass produce bugs for food. There’s a big push to get you to stop eating meat.

The world’s largest cricket farm is in Chiang Mai, Thailand. If the trend continues, expect that cricket providers will find cheaper ways to feed the crickets and mass produce them — while slick marketing teams try to make you feel guilty for enjoying Grassfed meat and free range chicken.

The FDA allows crickets to be used for and in food, under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Consumer Lab tested two popular cricket powders: Entomo Farms and Exo. They found one heavily contaminated with arsenic, a carcinogen — 5x the inorganic arsenic found in the most contaminated rice.

Crickets concentrate the toxins from their food. If arsenic is in their food, it is in them.

Cricket flour, or cricket powder, is a made out of milled crickets, and whatever they were fed has concentrated in their little cricket bodies.

•••The lie: “higher in protein than animal protein” … You’d need to eat a bag of cricket powder, maybe 10 Tbs, to equal the protein you get from a 3 oz serving of free range meat.

Read labels!