The Surprising Health Benefits of Sea Shell You Must Know

the surprising health benefits of sea shell

A seashell or sea shell, also known simply as a shell, is a hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea. The shell is part of the body of the animal. Empty seashells are often found washed up on beaches by beachcombers. The shells are empty because the animal has died and the soft parts have been eaten by another animal or have rotted out. Lets mynutrisi talk about the benefits of sea shells

Benefits of Seashells Despite of Its Look

Shellfish found in Singapore and Malaysia are among species of shellfish that are cultured around the world. It is available almost year-round and shellfish are eco-friendly seafood choices. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, steamed shellfish is a nutritious option to eat just like that or be eaten with salads or cooked in salami flakes as we usually eat.

Protein source
One serving of 3 ounces of sea shells or cockles provides 22 grams of protein, or 44 percent of daily amount based on a 2,000 calorie diet. 3 ounces of cockles have only 126 calories and less than 2 grams of total fat. One steamed cockles dish contains 4 grams of carbohydrate. High protein and low-calorie foods can help you lose weight or prevent weight gain because the protein helps you to feel fuller after eating so you will eat less calories at the next meal.

Rich in Minerals and Vitamins
In a 3 ounce meal, boiled cockles provides 24 milligrams of iron, or 133 percent of the amount needed per day. Iron is necessary to prevent iron deficiency anemia in women and children who are at risk for inadequate iron consumption, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. 3 ounces of cockles can provide 18 milligrams, or 30 percent of the daily value, vitamin C, antioxidant vitamins commonly found in fruits and vegetables, according to the micronutrient Linus Pauling Institute Information Center. Cockles is also a good source of vitamin B-12, vitamin A, calcium, selenium and potassium.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Most cockles contain 117 milligrams of eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA, and 174 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce your risk for heart disease by reducing your blood triglyceride levels. The benefits of eating cockles is that it enhances omega-3 content in our body.

So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets take a cup of seashells or cockles for your health.

How to Make the Best Cockles in Garlic and Chilies

This spicy-garlicky dish will have you slurping the rich ‘hum’ juices and licking your fingers for more! Boiled cockles can easily be found at the hawker center, having fun prying and picking them open, and dipping them in punchy sambal belacan sauce. Cockles have long had a bad reputation of being the harbinger of hepatitis, but with the proper handling and thorough cooking, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about! They are also known to be high in iron and great for people with anemia. This is the best Cockles in Garlic and Chilies recipe by theMEATMENchannel

Special Recipes of Delicious Cockles in Garlic and Chilies : 


  • 500g cockles
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 litres boiling water
  • 1 stalk spring onion
  • 2 red chillies (deseeded and minced)
  • 2 chilli padis
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 40g minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • ½ tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp chicken stock powder
  • 2 calamansi limes


  1. Scrub cockles with a brush and rinse several times until it’s clean. Cover with enough water. Sprinkle ½ tsp salt over it. Leave it for one hour in the fridge. This is for the cockles ‘spit out’ sand or mud.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tsp sesame oil on medium heat.
  3. Add minced garlic and chillies. Stir fry until fragrant
  4. Turn off heat. Add 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine, 1 tbsp light soya sauce, ½ tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp white vinegar, ¼ tsp sugar, ⅛ tsp white pepper, ¼ tsp chicken stock powder and juice from 2 calamansi limes. Set aside in a bowl for the flavours to develop.
  5. Boil water in a wok
  6. Boil cockles for 7 to 10 seconds. This depends on the size of the cockles and how cooked you want it to be.
  7. Drain and using a spoon, pry open the cockles. Discard the top shell. Arrange the cockles in the half shell on a platter.
  8. Spoon the garlic and chilli dressing over the cockles.
  9. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge for a cold dish.