Cricket Protein VS Whey Protein

With our cricket powder and our recent line of protein bars, it’s becoming clear that the very idea of what constitutes a “protein source” has shifted radically during the past 3 years. It’s not just soy vs. whey anymore. Savvy consumers are being offered a portfolio that the health-conscious of even ten or twelve years ago couldn’t begin to understand. 

To get a better understanding of the differences between cricket protein powder and protein powder from whey, download our pamphlet for more information.

The list starting at page 6 in the pamphlet offers a helpful comparison of whey protein concentrate and 100% cricket powder. 

The detailed amino-acid composition of cricket protein is also more favourable than that of beef and pork. The content of Leucine is of particular interest and is clearly lower, where beef has 2945 mg/100g, pork has 2185 mg/100g compared to whole crickets that have 6 mg/100g. 

The amino-acid Leucine stimulates pathways that are linked to growth (including cancer) and ageing (IgF1 and mTOR pathway). Plant protein is sufficient to serve the demands of Olympic athletes and contains only small amounts of Leucine. Cricket protein contains more but the commonly used dairy protein from Whey contains clearly more, about 50%. Inhibition of the mTOR pathway is linked to increased rejuvenation according to research conducted by Valter Longo, USA. It is not surprising that this observation has attracted a lot of interest in view of the quest of youth perpetuated by many in modern civilisations. Moreover, a Nobel prize was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi 2016 for the revelation of the sophisticated process of autophagy that leads to rejuvenation of cell components. 

The wear and tear of cellular processes inevitably leads to cell damage and autophagy is therefore a mechanism by which the cell literally can revitalise and replace old components with new and younger ones. As mentioned, the inhibition of the mTOR pathway plays a key role in autophagy. And since this pathway is stimulated by the amino acids Threonine, Serine and Valine it should obviously be an advantage if protein sources aimed for adult individuals contain less amounts of these amino-acids. Compared with Whey protein, Cricket protein does indeed contain significantly less of these amino acids.

Vitamins and minerals are much less, if existing at all, in whey protein. We have not found reliable data that shows any content of vitamins or minerals in whey protein powder. Crickets have a high content of vitamin B12, where crickets are much superior to most insects that generally have insignificant amounts of this particular vitamin. Crickets do also contain significant amounts of minerals.