What are the proteins (as a dietary supplement)?
They are one of the few nutritional supplements that are actually supported by a lot of studies and can add those few percentages to a better sporting capacity (in terms of muscle mass, regeneration ...) along with proper diet. The sources of production are already mentioned above: beef, poultry, dairy products, plant resources ...
Recently proteins are also obtained from insects ?! Yeah, insects. More specifically - in particular, crickets are those that are processed into a dietary supplement.
Let's take a look at some of the facts regarding this type of protein product.
Looking from the aspect of the weight of crickets in relation to the protein content, they contain as much as 50% protein. That is, 50% of the crickets are made up of proteins. If this is compared with, for example, beef, crickets contain almost 2x as much protein as beef.
They also have a very good nutritional value, as they contain vitamin B6, B12, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium. They also have a rich amino acid composition.
During the production process, as much as 80% of the whole cricket is consumed. For example, this can be compared with beef, where the percentage of utilization is somewhere around 40, which means that in the production of crickets utilization of the used substances is two times greater.
The same amount of nutrients that produce 30kg of crickets produces only 15kg of chicken, 5kg of pork and about 2kg of beef. That is, crickets are also superior in this area.
The water consumed for food supplements is also one of the critical factors. 1 gallon of water (3,78l) required for the processing of cricks is equivalent to 567 gallons of water for processing the same amount of chicken and 2000 gallons of water to process the same amount of beef.
The crickets also very well process all the nutrients that enter into the body. They also process certain plant resources that the human body can not, and from the egg to the adult crick, it takes much less time than, say, in the development of cattle or chicken. Compared with beef and chicken, therefore, cricket is a better choice for 10 – 20x in terms of feeding, water consumption, and development.
The most commonly used insect is cricket, but others are also found, one of them, for example, a keel. For all of you that are interested, I will also share a couple of links where you can find protein products from insects.
Will you try? I think I will.
Author: Anže Jert