3 Nutritional Reasons to Eat Whelks

Yeah, I’m gonna just go ahead and be totally honest here. I have never eaten a whelk and most likely never will. Heck, it was only recently that I even discovered what a whelk is. I’m not real big on eating food that comes from an environment in which the entire life span of the creature is spent inside their own toilet. But if you are a big eater of mollusks—which is what a whelk is if you were not aware—then you are doing yourself a big solid. And if you are not the strictest vegetarian in the world and will occasionally dip into the ocean for food, you should know that you can get past your kind’s protein deficiency quite easily by downing some whelks.


If you are not getting enough protein in your diet, you are depriving each and every cell in your body of a vital component. Vegetarians and others who eschew red meat are especially prone to protein deficiency. Whether you are vegetarian or not, you can make sure you get enough protein in your diet the day you eat whelks. Just three ounces of this mollusk will supply you with 81% of the protein you need in a day. Protein’s comprehensive role in providing your body with a qualify life ranges from making sure your hair has a nice sheen to keeping your fingernails from becoming brittle. Protein can also help fight against anemia and other disorders related to your blood not being as healthy as it could be.

Vitamin B12

Whelks clearly supply you with a truly breathtaking amount of protein, but that is nothing compared to how much vitamin B12 three little ounces of whelk can give you. Try this one for size: you can get 257% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B12 just by eating that amount of whelk. If you are a big time love of mollusks you are probably wondering what in the heck you’ve been taking those death-in-your-mouth B12 supplements for when you could be getting more than you even need from sitting down to a seafood dinner. What good is vitamin B12? Heme is an element that your body must consistently produce in order for your red blood cells to perform at their highest level of efficiency. Vitamin B12 is essential to making heme, therefore eating whelk could be your ticket all the benefits that come with blood circulation working at peak efficiency.


Trapped somewhere in the middle between the high concentration of protein and the ridiculous levels of vitamin B12 is the amount of selenium available for you in three ounces of whelk. That figure is at 109% so you get just a little more than selenium than you may need in a day just from a lunch of mollusks. And that ain’t not good. In fact, it is very good. Because selenium is absolutely essential to getting the most out of your immune system, it only makes sense to eat foods that provide healthy amounts. Selenium deficiencies are rare in America because the fertile soil here contains enough selenium, but if you are traveling to other countries in which selenium is not so abundant or if you diet consists of food grown in countries where selenium content in the soil is less robust, then you should try to fit in foods like whelk that contain high amounts of selenium.