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The world's most eco-friendly animal protein source has... a lot of legs. And antennae. Turns out eating insects is not only super eco-friendly, but it can be delicious and healthy too! So pass the plate of cricket-chip cookies!

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Insects are the new protein in town!

They’re not just environmentally friendly, they are also nutritious and delicious. but if the idea of eating bugs gives you the creeps, you’re not alone. Research suggests that the easiest way to get over the disgust is to make insects taste delicious- while also making sure you can’t see them in the food.  That’s why food researchers want to find what foods pair well with insects. take crickets, they have a strong umami flavor, which tends to enhance flavors like pecans, coffee, and chocolate. so, they make a good addition to stuff like cookies.

When testing ideal cricket-flour blends the researchers found that people like the cookies with 5% cricket flour best, even after being told about the crickets. so, you might find yourself picking up crunchy cricket cookies from your local grocery store sooner than you think.