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High Protein Gluten-free Flour from Crickets?

Celiac.com 10/21/2014 - Insects offer one of the most concentrated and efficient forms of protein on the planet, and they are a common food in many parts of the world.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons--ThogueSo, could high-protein flour made out of crickets change the future of gluten-free foods? A San Francisco Bay Area company is looking to make that possibility a reality.

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The company, Bitty Foods, is making flour from slow-roasted crickets that are then milled and combined with tapioca and cassava to make a high-protein flour that is gluten-free. According to the Bitty Foods website, a single cup of cricket flour contains a whopping 28 grams of protein.

So can Bitty Foods persuade gluten-free consumers to try their high protein gluten-free flour? Only time will tell. In the mean time, stay tuned for more cricket flour developments.

What do you think? Would you give it a try? If it worked well for baking, would you use it?

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10 Responses:

 
Dick L
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21 Oct 2014 11:47:18 PM PDT
Eat bugs? NO way! Wait, it might improve GF baked goods? Well... maybe it's worth a try.

 
Ves
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26 Oct 2014 9:30:45 AM PDT
Why not? People eat way worse than crickets. Think about all the processed foods...like margarine or cheese whiz.

 
Laura
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27 Oct 2014 9:00:30 AM PDT
Perhaps if the name of the flour weren't called "cricket flour," I might consider it. Sounds creepy though--I gag at the thought of eating the occasional cricket that I catch jumping around my house in the summer. The thought of serving cricket flour to guests is another consideration--when I bake GF, guests will often ask what's in GF flour. I'm not sure how cricket flour would go over, especially with non-celiac consumers!

 
Karen B
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27 Oct 2014 12:37:14 PM PDT
I'm willing to try anything that will improve my baking. I ate chocolate covered ants once, they were good!

 
Terina
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27 Oct 2014 1:09:18 PM PDT
What a fun Halloween post. I think other food additives are creepier, like the ground up human hair additive cysteine. Again, great gross post.

 
Karen
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27 Oct 2014 3:20:00 PM PDT
The answer is "No."

 
opal
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27 Oct 2014 5:07:47 PM PDT
No way. We already eat enough bugs as it is.

 
Catherine
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27 Oct 2014 6:25:27 PM PDT
Absolutely not. I love the sound of crickets. I think it was Albert Switzer who said if it has eyes and runs don't eat it.

 
Sek
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28 Oct 2014 5:31:46 AM PDT
I'm pretty adventurous so long as it is a safe food, but it would be awfully hard to get past the bug eating aspect. Many of the foods we consider acceptable are cultural. There are some who wouldn't bat an eye, but I wouldn't be one of them.

 
Sherri
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22 Jun 2015 10:07:30 AM PDT
Me: You gonna eat that cricket?
You: No
Me: Thanks as I remove from your plate




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