HELIX ASPERA

Helix Aspersa Greek or Cretan cochleates, is the kind of great commercial interest in Greece and Europe. Their meat has several advantages as it contains few calories, low in fat and high in mineral nutrients, essential amino acids and beneficial fatty acids. Protein source becomes the snail meat after research done and published occasionally and which is one of the positive factors of Mediterranean diet. The meat of snails brings several advantages compared with other meats. Presents both low in calories and fat and also high in mineral nutrients, essential amino acids and beneficial fatty acids. The latest surveys reveal the meat snails as one of the positive nutritional factors of the Mediterranean diet. It should be noted that fat snails is beneficial because it provides the body with the O 3 fatty acids, which are considered essential because the man can not synthesize and therefore must be taken with the diet of. It is very beneficial for health because it considered that inhibit atherosclerosis and thrombosis and have anti-inflammatory effects, preventive allergies, depression, and other diseases of the nervous system. Regarding minerals (metals) the meat of snails is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Some researchers suggest eating snails as an alternative source of calcium and phosphorous, two components very important for bone growth. Given that the fish consumed by the bone is a good source of calcium and phosphorus, but these and the material content of snail meat Z 3 fatty acids could snails worthy to replace, at least in regions the fish are not available. Also, they are an important source of amino acids and calcium in the fasting periods not consumed meat and dairy products. With regard to the minerals, the meat of these species is a good source of selenium (27,4 ug / 100 mg), providing substantially the consumer the 50% of the recommended daily amount required for intake by an adult female (which is 50 ug / day) and 1 / 3 for a man. Selenium has strong antioxidant properties protect against heart disease and cancer (particularly prostate), contributing also to the functioning of the thyroid gland and the immune system. Besides all the above said, the flesh of the snails is a significant dietary source of vitamins. Niacin is a water soluble vitamin B complex with a beneficial effect on the nervous and cardiovascular systems. It is remarkably stable and resistant to heat, cooking and storing food. The content of their meat to niacin is 1,4 mg / 100 g edible meat and corresponds to a consumption 50 g cheese and 150 g yoghurt, lentils or potatoes are considered good sources of this vitamin The shell touHelix Aspersa is spherical with a large diameter of the shell range from 25 to 40 mmkai height from 25 to 35 mm. Attribute shell snail is polychromismos and polymorphism (Cain1981) .. Ochromatismos of the shell base varies from light yellow to dark brown. Over the shell are dark elongated zones of different types (zigzag stripes, dotted, speckled etc.) and colors (Bookstein1989). The color of zoning depends on environmental factors. Dark banding appearing mainly in snails that grow at low temperatures. When snails grow at temperatures above 250 Cto color banding becomes red (OdileLecompteetal., 1998).

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