Pasta, one of the most common and popular foods on the planet, now has bugs in it thanks to Bugsolutely and its newly launched cricket pasta.
Bugsolutely has released the buggy product to capitalise on the fast growing market of food products based on edible insects. The pasta features a high amount of nutritional value, including high protein, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and Omega 3. All of these benefits are due to the characteristics of cricket flour.
Protein is the key to the flour, as crickets are made of 70% protein. This new protein source is also high in sustainability. Crickets need very little food and water, 1,000 times less than a cow, and they grow very quickly. For this reason, United Nation’s FAO and other International organizations are supporting the diffusion of edible insects in western countries.
In October 2015 the European Parliament voted in favor of a new regulation leading to a green light for edible insects. Switzerland is in an “edible insect test phase” for one year, and although not specifically regulated, the North American market is picking up quickly - the FDA only requires the edible insects to be raised for human consumption and the food to be safe.
Bugsolutely Cricket Pasta is made from a mix of durum semolina flour, wheat flour, and cricket flour, sourced from selected suppliers that are GMP and HACCP certified. The production chain follows international standards and the product is American FDA approved.
Bugsolutely was founded in 2015 in Bangkok. For more information, visit http://www.bugsolutely.com.