When I was growing up, crickets were simply that insect that made a cute sound. I would usually hear them late at night or early morning at my grandparents house in the countryside. They were rarely seen, but often heard. If someone had asked me to eat one or even consider eating it, I probably would have said a clear No.
Many years have passed since, and while I’m still not the biggest fan of insects, I have tried quite a few and have learned to appreciate the value of crickets – and I’m not talking about just the nutritional value. The potential impact on sustainability was more than enough to convince me that it was something worth taking a look at.
And that’s how I discovered Jiminy’s, an eco-conscious brand that makes sustainable pet food and treats using cricket protein, while at the same time promoting long-term solutions for an over-populated and nutrient-depleted planet. A lot of people all over the world are opting out of eating meat and embracing insect protein, which has been proven to aid in combating obesity, promoting the production of healthy gut bacteria. Is also rich in protein and other essential nutrients, plus it offers the added value of saving the planet by cutting out traditional sources of protein (cows/chickens).
Let’s talk about crickets though, and what determined the founders of Jiminy’s to turn to crickets as an alternative protein solution for pets.
Their nutty, crunchy flavor is absolutely delicious and the puppy taste testers from Jiminy’s agree. If you’ve ever had a taco de chapulines (cricket or grasshopper taco), a Mexican delicacy, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t, maybe it’s time you tried it. It will heighten your taco experience and introduce you to a new type of protein that is not only good for you, but also good for the planet.
From a nutritional standpoint, they are higher protein (per 100g) than traditional protein sources (35% more than beef & 65% more than chicken), contain x3 the iron in spinach, vitamins B1, B2 and B12, all the essential amino acids, Omega 3 & 6 and unlike other protein sources, crickets deliver fiber too.
Raising crickets uses 93% less land than raising cows and 67% less land than raising chickens. Cows use 22,000x more water and chickens use 2300x more water, while emitting almost 100 times as much greenhouse gases, the same one that are responsible for climate change and destroying entire habitats in Antarctica or the Amazon.
If this wasn’t enough, there’s also the humane/ethical factor. While many of the other animals are slaughtered about 20% through their natural life, crickets are harvested at the end of their natural life cycle. As a comparison, that would mean slaughtering a chicken after 10-12 years, rather than after one year, or a cow after 18-22 years, instead of after about 2 years.
Whether your companion is a rescue pet or a pedigree one, or maybe you have a pet who need more protein in their diet, yet their stomach can’t digest regular meat protein, or maybe you live in a vegetarian household and would prefer to find better alternatives for your pet food and treats, Jiminy’s has the best solution for the eco-friendly, high-protein needs of your pet. And make sure the next time you hit a traditional taco stand, you go for the taco de chapulines. It will blow your mind.