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A New Protein on the Block: CRICKETS

Jessica Cockerham's Introduction To Eating Cricket Flour Much of my extracurricular time is spent analyzing, pondering, and researching the best possible way to fuel my body. You could describe it as complete and utter fascination. I am absorbed by how our bodies respond to food and how we can tweak that to optimize how we both feel and perform. I’ve experimented with several different ways of eating (in chronological order): Paleo Ketogenic IIFYM (if it fits your macros) Vegetarian Vegan  Vegan + IIFYM Flexible vegan, plant-based + the occasional animal protein Thhhat’s a lot. Yet I don't see it as hyper-restrictive. I'm driven by experimentation and curiosity. What I’ve learned is that my body both feels and recovers best on: 1. Lots of green...

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Why The Fiber In Cricket Flour Is So Unique

As eating habits continue to shift towards higher protein and healthy fats, the unique nutritional profile of cricket flour makes it stand out as a protein supplement. Those aiming for gains should pay attention. In November 2016, Cristin E. Kearns, Laura A. Schmidt, and Stanton A. Glantz published a historical analysis of how the sugar industry funded research to blame cardiovascular disease on fat rather than sugar [1]. This now well-known account brought even more attention to diets that eschewed mainstream dietary advice. As one of the starkest alternatives, the protein-rich Atkins diet has regained popularity among nutritional gurus and high performance athletes, its influence spreading through various offshoots: the paleo diet, the ketogenic diet, Whole30, and others. [2] I’ve...

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Eating The New Chaco Cricket Bar In Every Environment

Chaco Bar: Peanut Butter and Chocolate The reformulation of the Chaco Bar recipe best serves just about anyone interested in eating crickets or rather any complete protein energy food. At 220 calories, only 8 grams of sugar and now 10 grams of protein the Chaco bar is my energy bar of choice, both during and after workouts for quick calorie consumption. It is a quick boost for fast calories. The Protein Bar that does not Freeze hard when in cold alpine temperatures! I pack the Chaco Bar because it is easily palatable and everyone likes the taste. Sharing with friends in the backcountry is made easy. I have been looking for a bar that does not get hard when I...

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Fatigue Among Women And Why Cricket Protein May Be Able To Help

Insect protein is a smart solution to iron deficiency I’ve been a holistic nutritionist for almost four years. I’ve worked with hundreds of women and most of their stories sound similar. They feel overworked because they have too much on their plate. They tell me they don’t have energy, they’re tired, and get headaches frequently. They think it’s normal to feel sluggish and blame it all on their busy schedules. Amidst all of this, food is frequently used for emotional comfort, most of the time without even realizing it. Food isn’t seen as it should be: as a solution to a range of very basic needs.      For women, one of the most common needs is iron.   A...

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The Anatomy of a Cricket Through the Eyes of a Storm Trooper: The Head and the Vision

An Introduction to the Anatomy of a Cricket   In April of 2017 four French men and two Americans put their heads together to live in a winter backcountry adventure close to the Canadian border, far enough from Haines Alaska to make a mother squeamish. Our expedition crew included Zach Clanton, Thomas Delfino, Leo Taillefer, Jeanremy Ceron, Pierre Frechou and myself. We were set to feel what the world in Alaska had to offer, our eyes and the cameras focused on a majestic mountain face named Storm Troopers. This view of Storm Troopers was initially captured six years ago as Zach Clanton and I got our first glimpse of this mysterious mountain from inside the fuselage of a 1955 Cessna...

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