I finally found a way to buy insects in enough quantity to satisfy my desire for nutrition from insects: World Ento, which sells dried crickets and cricket flour at a price per gram of protein comparable to seafood. (H/T Holden Karnofsky.)
According to Organic Value Recovery Solutions, crickets have impressive amounts of the nutrients I’ve found the hardest to get good amounts of. Here are examples of how much I’d get if I got my 2000 calories a day from crickets:
- B12: 20 times the RDA (more than 3 times that of eggs)
- Folate: 5 times the RDA (3 times that of eggs)
- Zinc: 9 times the RDA (5 times that of eggs)
(using data for eggs from pastured chickens).
They have plenty of fiber and good amounts of most minerals and B vitamins.
The cricket flour tastes ok in brownies, but I’ll want some other recipe for regular use.
Update 2015-01-05: ThailandUnique has a better selection of insects. My favorite so far is the Big Cricket.