With the arrival of spring, good weather and heat, in many places in Spain (especially in the south) it is quite typical to take snails and snappers to eat. We will not judge you if it seems an unappetizing practice to eat a slug, but the truth is that it provides health benefits that we discuss below.
Logically, it will be more or less apt to maintain a balanced diet depending on how we cook them. Little will help us eat them with sauces and bread crumbs as if there were no tomorrow.
They are ideal in weight loss diets
Eating snails can help us control our weight, whether we want to maintain it or lower it. It has a low calorie intake, only 90 calories per 100 grams. In addition, for every 100 grams will provide 16 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbohydrates.
As for the fats provided by a 100 g portion of snails, we will be facing 119 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a very healthy value. Eicosapentaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid, which if we have an average daily consumption of 250 mg can reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, snails have less than 1 gram of saturated fat and less than 2 grams of total fat.
Good supply of iron and other minerals
The iron in our body is important to produce the red blood cells that transport oxygen through our body. The snails provide 3.5 mg of iron (almost 20% of the daily contribution). As you could already discover, there are different types of iron, being that of snails in the form of heme, which is easier to absorb by your body than that of food.
We also have presence of vitamin B-12, magnesium, potassium and sodium. For every 100 grams, we will obtain 382 mg of potassium and 70 mg of sodium, values that are totally acceptable in healthy diets. Having a low level of potassium or high sodium can lead to kidney, heart or cerebrovascular diseases.
In addition, they are also a perfect food if we want to control our cholesterol.