Cricket craze taking hold in Connecticut - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cricket craze taking hold in Connecticut

Posted: Updated:
(WFSB photo) (WFSB photo)

A health trend continues to hop into the limelight.

Though crickets are mostly heard on a hot summer night, they’re also satisfying some nutritional needs.

It’s been a staple of Asian cuisines and is just now making its way into the diets of U.S. health fanatics.

According to health advocates, they are high in protein and have been growing in popularity in Connecticut.

Channel 3’s Mark Zinni sampled a roasted cricket at the University of Connecticut, one of the taco toppings featured at the school’s food truck.

This past summer, Wayback Burgers came out with a cricket shake, which Channel 3’s Matthew Campbell sampled.

He found out that people were using the cricket shakes after their workouts, in their baked goods, pancakes, energy bars, dinner dishes and other places.

Dr. Saira Rani said she doesn’t see the harm in it.

“I don't think you should be alarmed,” she said. “It's a lot of amino acids and protein you're taking in.”

Experts said one cricket contains twice as much protein as beef. It also includes other nutrients like calcium, vitamin B12 and several amino acids. It’s also low in carbohydrates.

“It's more of a natural rather than a synthetic powdered protein shakes that have a lot of extra stuff added onto it,” Rani said.

However, naturopathic physician Dr. Rosanna Demanski said she does not recommend insect-based supplements to her patients.

“I think there are far better sources of using protein than using cricket powder,” she said. “You could use something like the pea and a rice-based protein powder. Or there's going to be alternatives like flax seeds.”

Whether or not people buy into the cricket craze, both doctors stressed how important it is to communicate with their physician.

“If you are going to try something be very careful,” Rani advised. “Try in small quantities and let your doctor know.”

Copyright 2015 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.