Escargot, the French word for snails, is a delicacy that has been enjoyed for centuries by gourmands in dozens of countries. You may not realize it, but eating snails is associated with a number of health problems.
According to webmd, one of the main reasons to be wary of eating snails is the risk of contracting a parasite-related illness. Infection with the nematode parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which can be carried by snails, is the cause of the disease known as angiostrongyliasis. In humans, this parasite can trigger an infection called angiostrongyliasis. This parasite is commonly found in slugs and snails and can be transmitted to humans through eating raw or undercooked snails.
An angiostrongyliasis patient may experience severe headaches, stiff necks, fever, nausea, and vomiting. The infection can cause problems with the nervous system and even be fatal in extreme cases. Because of this, it is crucial to ensure that the snails are adequately cooked to kill any parasites they may contain.
According to healthline There is some evidence that eating snails may increase the risk of food poisoning. Snails can be a source of food poisoning if they are not properly prepared or cooked off any harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella or E. coli. Symptoms of food poisoning include sickness, throwing up, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Loss of body fluids and other complications may follow severe cases of food poisoning.
Eating snails can reduce the risk of food poisoning, but only if they are purchased from reputable sources, handled properly, and cooked thoroughly. Clean hands before and after handling snails is essential, as is cooking them thoroughly at a high temperature for a sufficient amount of time. The snails themselves also need to be cooked thoroughly.
In addition to the risks of parasite infections and food poisoning, eating snails has been linked to concerns over the possibility that they carry toxins. It has been demonstrated that some species of snails can store toxins such heavy metals and pesticides from their surroundings. These toxins are harmful to humans when ingested at high enough doses.
Avoiding potential poisoning from eating snails requires obtaining them from a trustworthy source. It's also not a good idea to go out of your way to collect snails from the wild. It's possible that snails living in the wild have been exposed to various poisons, but captive-bred snails are less likely to have been contaminated.
Snails are a delicacy that many people like, but there are potential health dangers associated with eating them. To reduce the risk of parasite infection, food poisoning, or toxin absorption, it is important to get snails from a reliable source, handle them with care, and cook them properly. Eating snails may mitigate these potential dangers. In order to ensure that your dinner is both safe and nutritious, it is essential to be aware of the potential hazards and to take appropriate actions. This is true of all the foods you eat.
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