Nutrition

How much insect do I need to eat to replace beef?

A person would have to eat about 30 grams of dried insects to have an equivalent amount of protein and energy as 100 grams of cooked beef.

Why is consuming insects better than eating beef ?

Insects play a big role in the sustainable protein transition. Mealworms and crickets do not produce methane which is a greenhouse gas 20 times stronger than Co2. Next to that breeding is not land-intensive and therefore does not contribute to land expansion and deforestation. Insect farming uses a small fraction of shocking amounts of water required for cattle farming. Insects consume 10 times less feed than cows for producing the same 1kg of protein. There are ENOUGH reasons for you to switch one burger for Funky Falafel.

Are insects nutritious?

Yes! All insect species are rich in essential macro- and micro-nutrients. Dried mealworms and crickets have a high amount of protein (40-60%) including all essential amino acids. They are a good source of polyunsaturated fats, B vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. In addition insects contain fibre in the form of chitin.

How healthy are insects?

Insects are the most healthy when eaten as a part of balanced diet that is rich in wholegrains, beans, legumes, vegetables, nuts and fruit. They give you opportunity to get your daily protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals in a way that is also healthy for the Planet. Always remember to drink ENOUGH water, get ENOUGH sleep and allow ENOUGH time for daily exercise. It is a healthy lifestyle that matters.

Is there a recommended daily intake level for insects ?

Dutch Food Safety Authority has conducted a safety risk assessment for edible insects in 2014. The recommended daily intake was not more than 45g of dried insects (most prevalent form available on that market at that time). This recommendation was made following general precautionary principle in the food industry and took into account the level of chitin in insects (dietary fibre found in exoskeleton). A range of insect-based products are now available on the market. It is a food company’s responsibility to formulate foods that have safe insect inclusion level calculated for an average European consumer. In short, the 45g a day is equivalent to 1 pack of Mighty Mealworms or Crispy Crickets plus 10 falafel balls.

Which vitamins and minerals are present in insects ?

Insects contain B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and manganese. In order to claim that food products in ‘high in’ or ‘source of’ specific micronutrient a strict EU regulation on present levels must be followed. Our products have ENOUGH goodness so we can say it out-loud in front of pack. For example, our Garlic Rosemary Mighty Mealworms mix with Seeds is a source of iron, a micronutrient responsible for oxygen transport and red blood cells formation. Our Crispy Crickets with Chickpeas are a source of B12, a vitamin needed for normal blood function and transforming our food into energy. ENOUGH energy to be hoppy!

Are fats present in insects good or bad?

Insects contain mostly unsaturated fats (the good ones!) such as polyunsaturated linoleic acid (omega-6), alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and monounsaturated oleic acid (omega-9) which is the major fatty acid found in olive oil.