benefits of snail meat

11 reasons why you should eat snail meat 

11 essential benefits of 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 snail meat.

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 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.

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 buying and eating of snail meat a habit in your home.

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 Benefits of snail meat you should know

  1. Snail meat contains High selenium

One of the benefits of snail meat 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.

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

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

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.

      2. Snail lime is important in body care

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. 

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

       3. Snail contain Vitamins and minerals

Of all other benefits of snail meat, the vitamin and mineral content of the 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. 

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 important for the health of the eyes. Vitamin E plays a key role in skincare and cell regeneration.

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

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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.

Eating snails and drinking its water is healthy because it contains active substances that relax the brain and repairs broken cells which occur due to stroke.

        5. Snail has  high phosphorus content

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

 It is also needed in supporting healthy teeth and gums, and the absorption of calcium consumption dam and for DNA synthesis.

Phosphorus is also essential for the nourishment of the body.  

        6. Snail meat is very low in fat 

Either the snail 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, which includes

Maintenance of normal blood pressure, strengthening of bones regulation of heartbeat, synthesis of fats, muscle contraction and relaxation, cardiac activity and bone metabolism.

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

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The high content of magnesium in snail meat is therefore of great benefit to human body system, therefore, eating snail meat is a great way to meet up with the body’s demand for magnesium.

         8. Eating snail meat prevents cardio diseases

Snail meat and water reduces blood pressure.

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

Snails contain Omega 3, which is good for the heart and brain health.

        9. Snail contains Tryptophan 

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

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.

       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.

        12. Snail meat has 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


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

Its nutrient content is outstanding when compared to other related meat.

Here is a recap of the essential benefits of snail meat 

  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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