Most people in Ghana feed on “edible” snails but research proves some ethnic groups in Ghana and around Africa do not take snails as food. The reason to such traditional beliefs and feeding habits are limited to the individual ethnic groups.
Meanwhile, we have not really identified why humans eat food? What type of food to eat? Why believing in archaic myths of food and feeding?
Generally, “edible” snails possess anti-cancer properties and boost the immune system due to their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects.
An average snail is comprised of 80% water, 15% protein and 2.4% fat. They contain essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium and are a rich source of vitamins E, A, K and B12.
Futhermore, here are the well elaborated six reasons “edible” snails should be
blazing a trail to ones plate:
1. Protein: Snails do provide a low calorie source of protein (unless you drench them in butter)”. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, and is also better at filling you up than carbs and fat. Many people look to seafood as an easy source of protein, but actually, snails have more.
2. Iron: Snails are also a good source of iron, essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body. A lack of iron can lead to extreme fatigue and anaemia.
3. 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.
4. Magnesium: Snails are also a good source of magnesium, which our bodies need to maintain a normal blood pressure, strengthen bones and also keep your heartbeat regular.
5. Selenium: We don’t need much selenium in our bodies, but we do need some to keep a healthy immune system and to protect cells against damage.
6. Omega-3: Snails also supply Omega-3, which is good news for the heart.
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From Nsempafie Media, not all snails are edible so interesting consumers should examine them carefully before taking as food.
Though snails are very alike in appearance, not all are edible. Since the “edible” ones are nutritious to human health, caution should be observed for proper selection for food to avoid lost of lives and other feeding effects.
By Kwaku Kolan
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