They are a species of small edible whelk or sea snail that has gills and an operculum. Periwinkles are found in many parts of the world. However, they are considered a delicacy in most African and Asian cuisines. It is used in several delicacies like Edikang Ikong and Afang soup in Nigeria.
This delicious seafood is sumptuous to behold. The meat of periwinkle is high in protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and very low in fat. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, raw snails, in general, are about 80% water, 15% protein, and 1.4% fat.
BENEFITS OF PERIWINKLE TO THE BODY
1. Periwinkle is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
2. Periwinkles are rich in protein
Periwinkles are one of the highest sources of protein. They are made up of 15% protein. Protein has many important functions it performs in the body. It prevents diseases like kwashiorkor and marasmus which are caused by protein deficiency.
3. It constitutes all the vital vitamins that the body requires
Another health benefits of periwinkle snail are that it contains many core vitamins that is imperative to turn the body’s functioning such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, B3, B6, and B12. Vitamin A benefits the health of the eyes, while Vitamin E can act as an antioxidant or helps to improve the reproductive health. Then Vitamin B1, B3, B6 and Vitamin B12 are essential vitamins needed to prevent and control diabetes. Other B complex vitamins like niacin and folate are also present in periwinkle. Niacin has a role in the carbohydrate metabolism to produce energy, and folate is also good for pregnant women in developing a healthy fetus.