12 reasons why you should eat snail meat [Why you need to start eating more snail meat than before]

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11 essential benefits of eating snail meat: Why you should eat snail meat

Many of us are conversant with snail meat (called Congo meat in some local areas) mostly in our locality but don’t necessarily eat much of it.

While in some homes, it has become a major part of their daily meal, this could be because very few are aware of the nutritive benefits of eating snail.

Therefore, it is not or less consumed by those who aren’t aware of it numerous health benefits.

Today we will look at the essential benefits of eating snail meat; the reasons why you need to start eating snail meat.

Snail farming has already been explained as one of the most profitable agribusinesses in the current market

This is because the demand for snail meat and other snail products has skyrocketed lately.

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It is therefore a good choice to be part of the snail business community so as to benefit from the evergreen market of snail farming.

Away from that, here is why you need to make eating snail meat a habit in your home.

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Benefits of eating snail meat, why you should eat snail meat

  1. Snail meat contains High selenium

One of the benefits of eating snail is its high Selenium content.

Selenium is one of the most important minerals needed in the body to fight dangerous heart-related diseases and cancer.

It helps to protect your body against numerous infection and chronic disease, it doesn’t end there.

Selenium plays important role in regulating  hormones produced by your thyroid.

Selenium combines very well with vitamin E and is important antioxidants in the body.

They help to prevent the ageing of tissues through the help of oxidation.

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Selenium is also important in the proper functioning of the body and is therefore found in the body cells mainly in the kidney, liver and testes in men.

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  1. Selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body.
  1. It also help in reducing your risk of certain cancers.

  2. It protect you against heart disease.

  3. In addition to the above listed, it helps prevent mental decline.

  4. It is also important for thyroid health.

  5. It boosts your immune system as well.

  6. And finally plays an important role in reducing and preventing asthma. It is obviously an important mineral.

 2. Snail lime is important in body care

If you are battling skin related issues, you may have just found your solution.

In most developed countries with advanced technology, snail lime is processed and used for industrial purposes.

The mucus from snail can be processed and used to treat inflamed pimples and also serve as the base material for the production of beauty products. 

Snail mucus is one of the best natural skin solution you can find easily out there.

The mucus from snails can help to activate the formation of collagen and elastin.

The importance of elastin in the body cannot be overemphasized, it is a protein found in the skin and tissue of the body.

Its main function is to keep skin flexible at the same time tight, it does this by providing a bounce-back reaction when the skill is pulled.

This means that when you have enough elastin in the body, the skin will return to normal shape after a pull.

Snail meat also preserve skin from free radicals and calms skin.

It also helps to restore damaged cells and restore hydration in the skin.

Snail mucus can be used to treat dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks, ageing skins or  pimple.

It is also important in treating skin spots, burns, scars, razor bumps as well as flat warts.

It also helps maintain and regenerate the skin and wrinkles, making the skin smooth.

 3. Snail contains Vitamins and minerals

Of all other benefits of eating snail meat, the vitamin and mineral content of snail meat stood out for me.

Eating snail meat is good for the body, no matter your age. Snail meat contains vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B1, B3, B6 and B12. 

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Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin B1, B3, B6 and Vitamin B12 are essential vitamins that help in the control and prevention of diabetes.

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant in the body.

It also play a very essential role in maintaining vision in human.

Other important functions are neurological function, healthy skin and more.

It is also important in reducing inflammation through resisting damages. 

Note: Vitamin A exist in two primary forms: The Active vitamin A, also called Retinol and Beta-carotene.

Vitamin E plays a key role in skincare and cell regeneration. it is also antioxidant and helps to stabilize cell membranes.

It also protect the tissues of the eyes, skin, breast, liver, and testes.

Vitamin E protects the lungs from oxidative damage especially from environmental substances.

Snail meat contains important minerals such as iron which helps to produce blood and helps to provide zinc for the body.

Iron also helps produce the connective tissues in the body and some of the neurotransmitters in the  brain.

In addition, it helps to maintain the immune system.

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Others such as Niacin has a role in the carbohydrate-metabolism which produces energy while folate is needed by pregnant women.

 4. Snail meat and water prevent stroke

Snail water or snail meat does not only prevent stroke but is used to treat stroke. It does this by relaxing the brain.

Snail water also lower blood pressure, high blood pressure is associated with stroke, by lowering the blood pressure.

Snail water reduces your chances of having stroke.

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So, eating snails and drinking their water is healthy because it contains active substances that relax the brain

These substances also repairs broken cells that occur due to stroke.

5. Snail has a high phosphorus content

Phosphorus is functional in the conduit of energy for the metabolism of fats and starches.

All body cells contain phosphorus according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, with 85 percent found right in bones and teeth.

In the teeth, it provide structure and strength thereby aiding the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.

Phosphorus plays a massive role in regulation of gene transcription, maintenance of balanced pH in extracellular fluid.

It also helps in activation of enzymes, DNA synthesis and intracellular energy storage.

Finally, Phosphorus is very essential for the nourishment of the body.  

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6. Snail meat is very low in fat

If you want to lose weight, you might just have found the best meat to help you achieve your target.

There are numerous alarming effects of high fat in the body, one of which is Diabetes risk.

To maintain balanced fat in the body, you need to eat less of high fat containing food substances.

Either the snail meat or the water that comes out of the snail body does not contain much fat.

This makes snail meat more beneficial to those conscious of their weight.

If you are the type of person that doesn’t want to get fat, then avoid fatty meat and eat more snails.

7. Snail meat contain high magnesium content 

Magnesium is very important in the body, and it needed in over 330 enzymic reactions in the body.

Some of which are maintenance of normal blood pressure, strengthening of bones regulation of heartbeat, synthesis of fats.

Others are muscle contraction and relaxation, cardiac activity and bone metabolism.

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Magnesium is needed in high quantity by the body to perform these functions.

The high content of magnesium in snail meat is therefore of great benefit to the human body system.

Therefore, eating snail meat is a great way to meet up with the body’s demand for magnesium.

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 8. Another benefit of eating snail meat is that it prevents cardio diseases

Among other benefits of eating snail, snail meat and its water reduce high blood pressure.

It’s also very effective in reducing heart-related diseases such as hypertension and cardiac arrest.

Snails contain Omega 3 which help to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Omega 3 also play key role controlling lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, it helps to fight cancer and other killer disease.

Finally it promote brain health during pregnancy and early life.

 9. Snail contains Tryptophan

Tryptophan (Trp) is an amino acid and an important component of the human diet

Tryptophan though may be rarely heard of by many but it plays an important role in the regulation of the body especially during sleep, pulse and appetite. 

It also promote nitrogen balance in adults and growth in infants.

Tryptophan also creates niacin, which is essential in creating the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Tryptophan and Selenium, unfortunately, are mostly gotten from the food we eat and not mainly found in the body.

So we need to eat snail meat to meet up with the demand for Tryptophan and Selenium by the body system.

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 10. Snail meat is rich in protein

Snail contains 16.1 g of protein in 100 grams of snail meat or 32% DV.

This is higher when compared with other sources such as beef that contain 14 grams, 3 ounces of tuna fish contains 22 grams of protein.

Protein is very important in building the body and repairing of the dead cells in the body.

In fact for the body to work perfectly, it needs protein. protein is basically found in every part of the body.

From the organs to the muscles, tissues and to the skin, hair, and bones.

Protein is important in building body tissues and bones, such as muscles.

Protein participates in practically every process of a cell. It plays a part in metabolic reactions and immune response.

It is important in Speedy recovery after exercise and/or injury

Protein is also important in reducing muscle loss and building lean muscle.

 11. Snail meat contains low calories

Another benefit of eating snail is that it contains low calories. 

It contains no carbohydrate, the snail is sugar and fat-free, food with low-calorie helps to maintain weight for healthy living.

Low calorie diets such as snail help slow down the aging process in human.

Low calorie diets are also associated with balancing blood sugar level and decreasing risk of Type 2 diabetes

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12. Snail meat has a low cholesterol content

If you desire to lose weight without having to deviate from eating healthy, then you should consider snail meat.

It also helps in the treatment of persons with health challenges such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

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Breakdown of nutrient content in 100g of snail

  • Calories 90.0 (377 kJ) From Carbohydrate 13.0 (54.4 kJ), From Fat 12.6 (52.8 kJ) Protein From 64.4 (270 kJ)
  • Total Carbohydrate 2.0g
  • Total Fat 1.4g, Saturated Fat 0.4g, 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g, Total Omega-3 fatty acids 218mg, Total Omega-6 fatty 17.0mg
  • Protein 16.1 g or 32% DV
  • Vitamins: Vitamin A 100 IU Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 5.0 mg or 25%, Vitamin K 0.1 mcg, Riboflavin 0.1 mg or 7% DV, Niacin 1.4 mg or 7% DV Vitamin B6 0.1 mg 6% DV, Folate 6.0 mcg or 1% DV, Vitamin B12 0.5 mcg or 8% DV, Choline 65.0 mg
  • Minerals: Calcium 10.0 mg, Iron 3.5 mg or 19%, Magnesium 250 mg or 62%, Phosphorus 272 mg or 27%, Potassium 382 mg or 11%, Sodium 70.0 mg or 3%, Zinc 1.0 mg or 7%, Copper 0.4 mg or 20%, and Selenium 27.4 mcg or 39%
  • Cholesterol 50.0 mg or 17%
  • Water 79.2g and Ash 1.3 g

Source: drhealthbenefits.com

Summary of the benefits of eating snail meat

As you can see from the different benefits of eating snail meat discussed, snail meat is very essential and play a key role in the body.

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Its nutrient content is outstanding when compared to other related meat. Here is a recap of the essential benefits of eating snail.

  1. Snail meat contain High selenium
  2. Snail lime is important in body care
  3. Contain Vitamins and minerals
  4. Snail meat and water prevent stroke
  5. High phosphorus content
  6. Snail meat is very low in fat:
  7. High magnesium content
  8. Snail meat prevents cardio diseases
  9. Snail contains Tryptophan
  10. Snail meat is rich in protein
  11. Low calories
  12. Low cholesterol

So, are you convinced enough now to eat snail meat instead of other contemporary meats now?

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