Eating bugs is the latest protein diet craze

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If you want to increase your protein increase while saving the world, you need to start eating crickets.

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Dedicated protein diet followers and taking things to the next level by adding crickets and insects to their diet.

Eating bugs has become a hot topic ever since The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation advocated we all start trying creepy crawlies as an alternative to meat, which has a detrimental effect on the environment.

According to Shape.com, 100g of crickets contains 121 calories, 5G carbohydrates, 13g protein, and 76 milligrams iron and they are becoming popular with fans of the Paleo diet.

Although they point out, some people might find eating the insects whole a bit much (you think?) so instead, they are being ground up and added into recipes.

Bitty Foods in America sells high protein baked goods made with cricket flour, including cookies, and you can buy the flour for your own home cooking.

It's estimated that by 2050, meat production will have to increase by 50 percent to accommodate a growing demand, which has knock on effect for water, land, bio waste and greenhouse gasses.

Currently, the average Briton eats 85kg of meat a year, working out to be around 33 chickens, one pig, three-quarters of a sheep and a fifth of a cow.

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