Okay, so this might not seem to be about “cricket biology”, but in many ways it is related! After all, the reason that cricket protein works as an alternative protein for humans (yes I said humans!), comes down to the biological make up of the insect.
A new type of energy bar is being sold in the United States now. Chapul Bars are the first of their kind in world. What makes them so unique? They contain a special kind of flour that is made primarily with ground up crickets. :-0.
Pat Crowley, the founder of Chapul Bars, was initially inspired to start the business because of environmental issues. Troubled by the environmental consequences of the over-consumption of water and grains in the U.S, Pat began seeking a lasting solution. It was not until he heard Dr.Marcel Dicke’s bug-eating lecture, that he seriously considered insects as an answer to the problem.
It was then that he discovered that insects are 10 times more efficient at converting grains into protein, than cows and other farm animals. Additionally, crickets are low in fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids. What better ingredient for a healthy energy bar?
Pat says that since 80% of the world’s population already consumes insects as a regular part of their diet, why not North America and Europe too? It is foreseeable that in a few years, insects may be as common of a food as sushi in the United States. Up until 1975, raw fish was considered gross by most Americans. Today there are sushi restaurants in almost every city. This proves that it is very possible to change the culture and psychology of a society.
Chapul Bars are currently available in 2 different flavors: Chaco and Thai. The Chaco flavor is the original one the company started with. It contains dates, chocolate, and peanuts. The Thai flavor is a blend of coconut, ginger, lime, dates, almond butter, and cashews. Chapul Bars have been described as being deliciously sweet and chewy. If we didn’t tell you they had insect in them, you’d probably never guess!
So where can you buy them? The easiest way is to order them online from www.chapul.com. If you’d prefer to buy them in a store, go to the site and read the list of where they can be bought locally.