Eating insects will add more protein to your diet than chicken or fish

Bug bulking not sulking

Over two billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects, so why aren’t you?

If you’re serious about hitting your macros when you design a meal plan for the week, there really is no excuse for not including insects. A common house cricket contains four times as much protein as the same weight of chicken, while 100g of crickets contains just 121 calories. When compared to the 288 calories in the same amount of beef you can’t really look beyond the six legged freaks.

Entomophagy won’t just boost your biceps either. Cattle require 12 times more feed to produce the same amount of protein as crickets – by eating the little bastards you improve the globe’s agricultural efficiency.

All of these benefits exist, and that’s before you consider how miserable a life a battery chicken leads.

It’s very well and good to preach from the lectern about the nutritional benefits entomophagy provides but what do they actually taste like? Luckily The Tab visited Rentokil’s pestaurant in Cardiff to find out.


200g of crickets

On their own, dry and and a long old chew. Consider as well that a chicken breast’s worth of crickets would half-fill a plastic bag.

However, you can incorporate cricket flour as a substitute in other recipes. Think cookies and crackers. You won’t get the macros as a result of their minute contribution to a recipe, but the taste difference is miniscule.

Cricket cookies

Giant water bug

Single handedly the most disgusting thing to eat. What’s more their texture is so robust you won’t be finished chewing until next Tuesday.

They’re not even particularly good in terms of nutrition.

Open wide, it still won’t fit in

They don’t taste good, but god damn it’s hard to ignore those stats. If you want to add some muscle, you can’t look beyond the humble cricket.