Caution with Cricket Powders — What ConsumerLab Discovered

Caution with Cricket Powders — What ConsumerLab Discovered

Hi, this is Dr. Tod Cooperman of and I’m here to talk to you about our recent tests of cricket
powders. Now, ConsumerLab has been testing all types of supplements and healthy
foods since 1999. We’ve tested over 6,000 products. We tested protein powders
several months ago and we decided to add to that – cricket powders. Now, the
interest in cricket powders — and these are the ones we tested — is that they may
be more environmentally friendly than other animal-based proteins like whey,
which comes from dairy. Not necessary more environmentally friendly, perhaps,
than some of the vegetable-based proteins, but cricket powder is about 60
percent protein. Because a dried cricket contains a lot of protein and
that protein is actually complete protein, like other animal proteins,
although will contain a little bit of saturated fat and a small amount of
cholesterol as well like other animal- based proteins. The problem that we found, though, is that one of these cricket powders was heavily contaminated with
arsenic and the worst form of arsenic — inorganic arsenic. In fact we found seven
hundred and eighty parts per billion of inorganic arsenic in one of these
products. The other one had only 35 — virtually none. Now, that compares to say
a limit, a proposed limit, by the FDA of one hundred ppb in infant formulas [CORRECTION: The referenc to infant formulas should be to infant rice cereals].
Infant formula is often made with rice and rice can contain arsenic based on
where it’s grown. So you have a limit of about 100 ppb there we found again
780 so almost 8 times as much. And even if you look at rice products that have
been tested by the FDA, it had about five times the concentration of arsenic — inorganic arsenic — compared to the worst contaminated rice products that have
been tested by the FDA. So a high amount of arsenic — a carcinogen it can cause
damage to organs. Now the reason why you find this is based on what’s fed to the
crickets, so if you’re going to be eating crickets or
cricket powders, be aware that they are what they eat and they concentrate what
they eat so if they’re being fed, perhaps, rice that might be contaminated with
arsenic they’re gonna concentrate that. So keep that in mind with with cricket
powders. Also be aware that they are expensive, because to get about 20 grams of protein from these powders was about three or four dollars (again, for 20 grams), that compares to as little as about 30, 40, 50 cents from a protein powder, more
typically about 80 cents to a $1.50, but again nowhere near the three to four
dollars for these cricket powders. If you’re interested in details of this, see our Protein Powder Review where we’ve included these two critical cricket
powders among many other protein powders including those from whey and casein, soy, pea, etc. You’re welcome to subscribe not only to
ConsumerLab as a member but also to these videos. You can see our past videos
and the future videos that we put out about every three weeks every time we
test another group of products. So this is Dr. Tod Cooperman of Be careful with cricket powder and other insect-based products, and thank
you for your time.


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    Correction: The amount of arsenic found was about 8 times the proposed FDA limit in infant "rice cereals" and not infant "formulas" as mentioned in the video.

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