Sure, for many, the mere thought of chomping down on an insect the size of a cricket can give the old blood pressure a tweak. However, what you are truly missing out on is that the manner in which these edible insects can affect your blood pressure is actually in a positive way. That’s correct. Eating crickets can help to lower your blood pressure. Here’s how they do it.
Potassium Is Good For Your Heart
Crickets happen to be high in protein and potassium. In fact, in some cases, crickets outweigh pork tenderloin in the protein department and almost match bananas in potassium. Because crickets measure so high in potassium, you could have a magic heart saving secret weapon hopping around in your garden. That’s because studies have shown that individuals with hypertension recorded lower blood pressure levels after consuming potassium.
Potassium has some additional benefits for humans including the ability to reduce stomach bloating. Bloating – in case you didn’t know – is caused usually by the sodium that is contained in salty-tasting foods. And who doesn’t like salty foods? We know. It’s a tough one to get around but with potassium as the solution to the problem, you almost have a good reason to have another bag of potato chips or whatever else you crave that is heavy on sodium.
How To Eat The Things That Bug You
Assuming your next move is to start adding edible insects to your diet – even if just to scoop a few of the cardio benefits – there are a number of ways to snack on crickets. Probably the easiest way is to roast them. Your best bet is to quickly freeze live crickets then once your oven reaches the right temperature, take the frozen crickets and spread them around on a platter. Season with your favourite seasonings and roast until they are crisp and crunchy.
If the idea of freezing live crickets isn’t your thing – and you freeze them before roasting in order to keep them fresh – you can always opt for cricket flour. This is a mixture of ground up crickets that is added to regular white flour which in turn makes the flour protein and potassium rich. Cricket flour is then used in various baking recipes as you would use regular flour. The only difference is that those biscuits or loaves of bread are now higher in two nutrients.
Two other alternatives that utilize cricket flour are cricket protein bars and cricket pasta. These two happen to be my favourite ways to enjoy crickets. The benefits to eating cricket protein bars are many and they are available in a number of different flavours for your enjoyment. As for cricket pasta, many different meals can be prepared with this as you would with regular pasta. Hot or cold, cricket pasta packs a punch with high protein and potassium levels.
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My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.