The idea of ingesting insects may bug you, but edible critters are catching on in the West as a viable food option. The FDA has long approved the use of bug extracts as colorants in candies and milkshakes. Now, crickets are showing up in powdered form on grocery shelves for use in snack bars and baked goods, where they add a copious supply of nutrients and bulk. Cricket flour, also called cricket protein powder, packs a powerful punch of sustainable, health-enhancing benefits.


1. How Is Cricket Flour Made?

Cricket flour is simply the milled remains of whole crickets. The FDA approves crickets for human consumption if the raising and processing of insects meet sanitary guidelines. The insects are raised on domestic farms and frozen before harvesting, then roasted and ground. The resulting powder is soft like flour, with a dark brownish hue.

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