High in Protein and Omega-3 and boasting more Iron than red meat … no wonder our snails are being touted as the new Superfood!
Protein: Snails have a high protein content, ranging from 10 to 16% of the fresh weight.
Iron: Snails are also a good source of iron; they even have more iron than red meat. Iron is essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body. A lack of iron can lead to extreme fatigue and anaemia. The iron in snails is in the heme form, which is easier for your body to absorb than iron from plant-based sources.
Amino Acids: Snails are a good source of amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Snails contain the following amino acids; Aspartic, Alanine, Serine, Glutamic, Lysine, Isoleucine and Leucine.
Omega-3: The fat within snails is most beneficial, providing the body with Omega 3 fatty acids, which are considered essential as they inhibit atherosclerosis and thrombosis and have anti-inflammatory effects to help prevent allergies, depression and other diseases of the nervous system.
Selenium: Although we don’t need much in our bodies, we do need some to keep a healthy immune system and protect cells against damage.
Lectin: Snails are a great source of lectin, possessing anti-cancer properties to help boost the immune system to fight against cancerous cells.
Calories: Snail meat carries just 60-90 calories per 100 g – far less than fish, bi
Fat: The percentage of fat is 0.5 to 2%.
Water content: The water content ranges from 73-89%.
Magnesium: Snails are a good source of magnesium, which our bodies need to maintain a normal blood pressure, strengthen bones and keep your heartbeat regular.
Salt Content: Snails are low in salt
Vitamins, Minerals & Metals: Snails are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and metals, especially iron (even more than red meat), potassium and magnesium.
Vitamin B12: Often cited as the ‘energy vitamin’, B12 is needed for making red blood cells, keeping the nervous system healthy, releasing energy from the food we eat and processing folic acid.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which plays a role as an antioxidant in the body. It also helps to prevent free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is an important vitamin that is required for the proper function of many organs in the body and is extremely useful in naturally slowing aging. Vitamin E benefits include treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels; such as chest pains, high blood pressure, and blocked or hardened arteries.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is essential for normal vision, bone growth, healthy skin and protection of the mucous membranes of the digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts.