The French call it escargots, we call it yukky, and Russian cosmonauts may soon call it dinner.
As part of their space program a Siberian bio-research institute has proposed growing massive gastropods to feed future human missions to Mars and the moon, so astronauts avoid protein deficiency.
According to a paper published earlier this year in the Journal of Siberian Federal University, it has developed a biosphere for giant African snails that is 97 percent self-sustaining, meaning that future space explorers will have to do little else but harvest the snails, and eat them, occasionally feeding them roots, peel and other parts of plants unfit for human consumption.
“You would need a colony of about 700 to 800 snails to feed a single person,” says Kovalev. “On an average day a settler would eat 100 to 150 grams of snail meat, though it would be safe for them to consume as much as half a kilo.”
Escargot, is virtually fat free, carbohydrate free and sugar free. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Database, one 3-ounce serving of snails contains about 76 calories. Although they have no fiber, snails are a good source of lean protein, giving you 14 grams per serving. Snails also provide other essential nutrients your body needs.