These days there are no shortage of trending diets, for example the paleo diet. People are much more interested in sustainable living and being environmentally friendly than ever before. One food trend that has been becoming more and more popular is eating bugs, like crickets, as a source of protein. Yes, you read that correctly, bugs can be a great source of protein. In fact, crickets are considered a superfood. They are about 60% protein, are packed with vitamin B12, have more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach, and provide all the essential amino acids. Also, on a more environmental note, they produce much less greenhouse gases than livestock and of course require much less water. According to fortune.com, it only takes 100 gallons of water to produce 72 grams of crickets as opposed to only 6 grams of beef, making them potentially a more efficient food source. All of this sounds great, but who really wants to eat crickets? I have been given the opportunity to try the creepy crawlers and to be honest have not yet gotten the courage to eat them. Although the thought of eating bugs may be scary to a lot of people, Jarrod Goldin who sells cricket powder to manufacturers believes that crickets are “the gateway bug.” By turning crickets into powder, customers can enjoy the benefits of eating insects without actually seeing the critters themselves. Exo, a company selling cricket protein bars, sells flavors such as apple cinnamon, chocolate, and banana bread which doesn’t sound so bad if you ask me. Although the concept of eating bugs for protein (or in general) doesn’t sound as appealing as eating a nice steak, it is a great step for a more sustainable future. Sometimes as consumers we forget about how much we waste. No, I’d never thought I would even consider trying a bug but with all the benefits the whole trend is actually starting to sound somewhat appealing. Companies like Exo are smart to get in on this trend early, because once people get passed the “ick” factor that comes with eating crickets, I think it will be a great protein substitute for us, and even better for the future of the environment.  

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