Acheta protein, or cricket protein, is consumed by a huge portion of the global population - and for good reason: it’s good for your body and for our planet! Acheta protein might not be as common yet in the US, but it’s been rapidly gaining popularity. We’re excited to have our friends over at Hoppy Planet Foods share with us the 3 reasons why acheta is the protein of the future!
Acheta Protein is the world’s best kept nutritional secret with over 2 billion people who regularly consume Acheta and other insect-based proteins as a vital part of their daily diet - and it’s time for Americans to hop on board! The natural ingredient is nature’s superfood, and allows us to transform everyday snacks into ones that are delicious, more nutritionally balanced, and better for the planet.
1. Acheta Protein is good for your body
This incredible protein source contains all nine amino acids that your body needs. If you’re unsure of exactly what they are, amino acids are the building blocks of life. To make it simple, when proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left. The human body then uses amino acids for many body functions, like helping the body break down food, growth, repairing body tissue and it can also be used as a source of energy.
Since we were kids, we’ve been taught that milk and other dairy products are the best way to get calcium, but a lot of us aren’t told there are better sources available! If you take 100g of Acheta Protein and compare the calcium content to the same amount of milk, you’ll find that Acheta Protein is the clear winner, containing 1.5x the calcium! In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat.
Drop the spinach Popeye, you’re not the only one with iron! At 6 to 11 milligrams per 100 grams, Acheta Protein has more than double the iron of spinach. The human body requires the mineral to perform many vital physiological functions. Iron is vital to the proper function of hemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood.
The superfood is also packed with B-12. It actually contains 10x the amount of B12 as one of the most popular food sources for that vitamin, salmon. Acheta Protein has 24mcg per 100 grams, while salmon only has 2.8mcg per 100 grams. Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse. It helps make DNA, nerve and blood cells. It’s crucial for a healthy brain, strong immune system, and our metabolism wouldn't run smoothly without it.
2. Acheta Protein is good for your planet
Pound-for-pound, Acheta packs more protein than cows, chickens, pigs, and the rest of the mammals and birds we associate with barnyards. And their smaller footprint makes them a prime candidate for a more sustainable food source. Because Acheta are so low maintenance, they use about 99% less water to feed and grow versus beef and other animal-based proteins. If you ate 100 grams of pure Acheta, you've just ingested 69 grams of protein. Compared to 43 grams of protein in dried beef or 31 grams of protein in the same serving size of chicken, Acheta continually comes out on top!
Producing Acheta Protein generates 99% fewer greenhouse gases than beef, whey, and other proteins. Livestock rearing is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is a higher amount than the transport sector! With the introduction and adoption of Acheta and other insect-based proteins into Americans’ diets, we can begin to chip away at the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.
Acheta don’t require huge open fields to grow, and they need about 99% less land than other animals and many plants. Unlike other farmed proteins, Acheta can be raised in compact, multi-story farms. Whether those “farms” are located in an urban, suburban, or rural setting doesn’t really matter... and absolutely no other protein source can claim the same.
3. Acheta Protein is good for your future
At Hoppy Planet Foods, we’re looking to the future to create sustainable, delicious snacks that will stand the test of time. Growing and consuming Acheta Protein saves valuable, finite resources that are becoming more and more scarce by the day. Preserving water, land, and our air quality are so important to keep our planet happy, and that’s exactly what we aim to do.
Our goal is to make all of our packaging recyclable so you aren’t swimming in plastic, and our operations run on renewable energy so you have clean air to breathe. We also source our ingredients and supplies from B-corporations whenever possible to continue to spread good throughout the world.
As a society, we need to adopt Acheta and other insect-based proteins immediately to make the world a better place for us, our kids, and grandkids. So we’ve rebuilt your favorite snack foods like cookies, fruit bites, mini muffins using nature’s superfood, Acheta Protein. That means delicious, all-natural snacks with 2-3x the protein, few carbs, less sugar, and a smaller carbon footprint.
At Hoppy Planet Foods, we make the foods you love, love you back!
What we think is the BEST part?! Hoppy Planet products taste delicious as well! We loved it so much, we’re sending some of the great Hoppy Planet Foods to you in the June CLEAN.FIT box to try. Order yours today!