Are Snails Paleo?


A large part of living a Paleo lifestyle is eating animals, and yes, that includes snails. Before you click away in disgust, let me explain myself.

Eat the Whole Animal

For some reason, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has strayed from organ meats and bones. It now focuses almost entirely on muscle meat, which is unfortunate because the organs and bones are the most nutritious parts of the animal, conveying all sorts of health benefits that the muscle meat just can’t provide.

Nutrients Found in Snails

Most of us living a Paleo lifestyle know that we need do to eat the whole animal in order to maintain our health, and it’s even better if we get a chance to eat the entire animal in one bite. Snails are no exception to this rule (no, you don’t have to eat the shell). Slurping up this gastropod gives you a heaping helping of copper, iron, magnesium, and selenium, as well as vitamin B12.

Mark Sisson includes sea snails on his guide to shellfish here, but you don’t have to limit yourself to the ones that dwell in water. Land snails are just as nutritious.

So be adventurous. Order the escargot next time you go out to eat. You might just find your new favorite food.

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