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Crunchy Critters Crickets is a delicious snack in the form of lyophilized crickets created for those who want to quickly supplement calories in a simple and tasty way. A high-quality protein-fat snack with a high fiber content ideally fulfills its role during a walk, party with friends or even watching your favorite movie.
Great taste despite the origin
Perhaps you have heard about insects eating. What were your associations? Most often such practices are cultivated during survival expeditions, when there is no access to ‘traditional’ food.
Nothing could be more wrong - insect meat is just as valuable and tasty as meat from farm animals! When taking the taste under consideration, crickets are compared to seafood or nuts - if you are their amateur, this snack is just for you!
Do not worry - insects do not carry any pathogen, because before they reach the manufacturer, who conducts the treatment processes for their consumption, they are subjected to veterinary control.
However, it is worth remembering that not all insects are edible. Watch out for hairy or stinging animals that have black, red or yellow coloring.
Perfect complement to the daily supply of protein
Are you out of the house or at home, do not have anything on hand that will satisfy a feeling of peckish without adversely affecting your figure? The solution is within your reach! Insect snack is a source of highly absorbable, full-value protein in the presence of a small amount of fats, which ideally allows you to raise a daily amount of building-block macronutrients. Another unquestionable advantage is the high content of fiber, which will make the feeling of satiety even greater.
From now on, in a simple way – ‘solo’ or in the form of an addition to your favorite dishes, you can increase the amount of protein in the diet without the need to add unnecessary sugars or saturated fats. Seasoned in the right way crickets in the presence of vegetables or fruits are great as a main ingredient of burgers, kofta patties or a wonderful, refreshing cocktail, and even a carrot cake!
Powerful support for the environment
Nowadays, we are becoming more and more conscious as consumers - first of all we choose products that take care of our health, but we should also think about the ‘health’ of our planet. When buying insect products, we thank the planet Earth for the fact that we can use its resources.
This is because animal husbandry farms are very energy-consuming and, in addition, they produce a huge amount of greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change on the globe. These problems are avoided when breeding insects - it is more economical.
In summary, Crunchy Critters Cricket is a high-quality food product, designed for people who are not afraid of culinary experiments, as well as for those who want to make a healthy meeting with friends, supplement the daily amount of macronutrients or enrich their fit-dishes.
The product is intended for people who want to quickly and easily enrich their diet with high-quality animal protein. It should not be a substitute for a diet and cover the whole demand for protein and fat, because a balanced diet is the guarantor of maintaining health.
Crickets can be an excellent ‘solo’ snack when going to the cinema or served in the form of various dishes, they will satisfy many birthday parties, meetings with friends, or Halloween party as they are ideally suited to the climate of this holiday.
If you do not like crispy snacks - pour the product with boiling water and strain after 6 minutes.
Crunchy Critters is a company from the United Kingdom, which is one of the few dealing in the distribution of edible insects and arachnids. An important element of their policy is the promotion of natural food and protection of the environment, because in their products we do not find artificial colors, flavors, hormones or preservatives, and the production takes place with the principles of energy saving. The products of this brand are an excellent source of macro, micronutrients and fiber, they are also suitable for immediate consumption right after opening.
The brand cares about the safety of consumers, that is why all the animals are properly cleaned and undergo the process of freeze drying, dehydration or frying under a high pressure. All Crunchy Critters products are also a subject to veterinary control and have the appropriate documentation - Common Veterinary Entry Document for the importation and transport (CVED), which means that they are authorized for the marketing and are suitable for human consumption.
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(Freeze-Dried, Un-Seasoned) Crickets (Crustaceans) (Acheta Domesticus).
** For allergens see ingredients in bold
The energy value is determined by the chemical composition of the food product, by means of the so-called. physiological equivalents energy., determining the value of metabolic energy contained in 1 g of the component. Most commonly used is the equivalent of Atwater: protein 4 kcal/g for carbohydrates 4kcal/g, and for fat 9kcal/g.
Fat is an essential nutrient plant and animal organisms. Because of the nutritional value and composition of fats are divided into: saturated (mono-saturated and multi-saturated fatty acids) and unsaturated fatty acids (including essential fatty acids - EFA). The group of lipids include lipids (triacylglycerols, waxes), complex fats (glycolipids, phospholipids), sterols and isoprenoids. Saturated fatty acids is a group of fatty acids having different carbon chain lengths, in which except for the carboxyl group, each of the carbon atoms is bound by a single bond. May adversely affect the lipid profile, so they can be used in limited quantities. Fats are a concentrated source of energy, with different flavours, facilitating the consumption and swallowing of food. They have building functions (part of cell membranes and co-create the white matter of the brain). EFAs are precursors of tissue hormones and biologically active compounds. The unsaturated fatty acids include fatty acids from the group Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 (the last digit indicates, on which, counting of the end of the chain, there is a double bond in the appropriate carbon chain. The essential fatty acids include: acids, medium-Omega-3 [n-3 ] included in EFAs [essential fatty acids], and long chain (eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]) Omega-6 and Omega-9. the number indicates that the last double bond in the carbon chain is on the third from the end carbon atom. The acids from the omega 3 group are essential components of cell membranes, they are precursors of eicosanoids and biological activators. They must be combined with ingestion in suitable proportions of Omega-6 acids.
Dosage: Depending on demand and applied diet. It is generally accepted that fats should constitute 20-30% of the energy (calorie) of meals daily.
Saturated fatty acids are a group of fatty acid having different carbon chain lengths, in which except for the carboxyl group, each of the carbon atoms is linked by a single bond. Saturated fatty acids are commonly known as bad fat, which might adversely affect the cholesterol level, in particular by the action of acids: lauric, myristic, palmitic, and therefore their consumption should be reduced. Research carried out in this matter do not confirm entirely the prevailing beliefs.
Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) - monoenoic fatty acid, contrary to PUFA - polyenoic fatty acid - may be synthesized in the human organism. Therefore, they are less popular in supplementation, although current research on their properties prove, that they are unfairly skipped.
The main pro-heath application of monounsaturated fatty acids MUFA is prophylaxis of cardiovascular diseases. They may optimize lipid profile, increase the amount of lipoprotein HDL, at the same time decreasing the amount of “bad” cholesterol LDL. Oleic acid, present in olive oil, belonging to MUFA, is attributed the properties of Mediterranean diet, considered the best for our circulatory system.
Some sources also say that monoenoic monounsaturated fatty acids are conducive to weight loss. Therefore, increasing their supply in a diet is recommended to people dealing with excess weight.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) – contain at least two double bonds in their structure. They are most frequently divided into two subgroups: omega 3 and 6. PUFAs belong to essential unsaturated fatty acids – the body cannot synthesise them endogenously and they must be supplied with food. Their biological activity in the body consists in its role as a precursor to various eicosanoids.
PUFAs promote mainly cardiovascular health. They are an effective preventive measure against cardiovascular diseases. They inhibit blood platelet aggregation, may lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
Proper intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids is also of key importance to maintain a healthy brain. PUFAs promote normal development of the nervous system and its healthy function, thereby influencing beneficially cognitive functions. Their adequate consumption is believed to delay ageing processes.
Supplementation with PUFAs is recommended to individuals on a slimming diet because they help control body mass. What is more, they may prevent the development of cancer. Deficiencies in polyunsaturated fatty acids in a diet may also promote immunodeficiency.
Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient. They are divided into: simple sugars (monosaccharides), disaccharides and polysaccharides. In terms of the human bioavailability of carbohydrates is divided into: digestabe, those which are digested in the gastrointestinal tract by transferring energy to the tissues or cells (such as starch, fructose) and indigestable, resistant to digestive enzymes (e.g. cellulose) . Affects blood glucose levels (glycemic index) and the metabolism of insulin (insulin index). The greatest demand for carbohydrates occurs before physical activity or in the middle of it, because they increase the exercise capacity, consumed after exercise provide regeneration. In the sports diet the absorption rate it is important of carbohydrates and reactions of the organism. Available in mono-preparation supplements and part of the energetic supplements, creatine stacks, nitrogen boosters.
Dosage: according to the statistics of the Institute of Food and Nutrition, carbohydrates should comprise about 50% of daily energy intake. In some diets, used residual carbohydrate consumption, not exceeding 30g / 24h.
Sugars - is the term used to refer to the crystal structure of the carbohydrate (sugar), characterized by a sweet taste. This group includes: sucrose (obtained from sugar cane and sugar beets and natural foods), fruit sugars (fructose) and glucose. Carbohydrate intake should not exceed 10% of the energy consumed during the day meals. Excess intake of sugars leading to diseases, including diabetes, atherosclerosis and obesity. Particular caution should be performed carbohydrate intake by athletes of sculpting disciplines and people on a diet. A greater need for carbohydrates, due being easily accessible sources of energy, may be in the periods before and after workouts and before and after the fight. Preparations available at www.muscle-zone.pl
Dietary fibre is a mixture of undigested substances and not absorbed by the human body. Due to the properties divided into: insoluble fibre (e.g. cellulose [polysaccharide] found in fruits and vegetables), partially soluble fibre (including hemicellulose occurring with cereal grains and soluble fibre (including pectin, gums, mucilages [polysaccharides]). Dietary fibre affects the digestive system and gastrointestinal system regulating its operation. By filling the stomach (satiety) reduces appetite, lowers triglycerides and cholesterol and consequently can support the weight loss process and maintain a slim body. It also affects blood glucose levels and cleansing the body of toxins. Available in powder formulations (capsules, and powders), mainly containing the soluble fraction (pectin, gums and mucilages) diet and meal replacements.
Dosage: 10-20 grams per day, before or during meals with some water.
Proteins (proteins, polypeptides) is a polymer, of which the basic units (monomers) are amino acids. Protein is composed of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and sulfur, and is an elementary nutrient necessary for the proper functioning of the body, an ingredient and a component of tissues, part of the hormones and enzymes and other bioactive substances. Protein determines the proper metabolism and energy processes, as well as all other life processes. The sources of natural proteins are foods of animal origin (including meat, fish, eggs, dairy products) and plant origin (legumes, soy). Deficiency of protein leads to protein malnutrition and a significant weakening of the body. It can lead to anaemia, reduced immunity, muscle relaxation, disorders of the digestive system. Also, overdose protein is undesirable because it can lead to acidification of the body, and interfere with the digestive system and an increase in the concentration of homocysteine in the blood. It is a component of many supplements and nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of the body, both showing a low physical activity, or training the strength and endurance competitions.
Dosage: strength athletes: approx. 1.7 - 2.5 g / 1 kg of body weight; endurance athletes and strength -endurance athletes approx. 1.3 - 2 g / 1 kg of body weight, people with low activity approx. 0.8 - 1.1 g / 1 kg of body weight / 24h. In estimating the amount of protein, you should take into account the intake of other nutrients (carbohydrates and fats)
Salt (sodium chloride, or table salt), natural source of electrolytes (chlorine and potassium), regulating water and electrolyte and acid-base balance of the body, affecting the nervous system and blood pressure. Sodium is an essential element for the proper growth. The proper dose of salt prevents overheating of the body and solar stroke. It provides the proper functioning of muscles and nerves the body. Chlorine in combination with sodium, is involved in the digestive process and maintains acid-base balance in the body, as antitoxin removes toxic products of metabolism in the liver. Salt is a flavour component and preservative of many foods, nutritional supplements and mixtures of electrolytes, available at www.muscle-zone.pl
Dosage: no specific standards of consumption, used so as to provide sufficient amount of electrolytes to the body (sodium and chloride).
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