Original Articles: 2010 Vol: 2 Issue: 4
Biochemical composition and antioxidant activity of Pleuroploca trapezium meat
The Horse conch, Pleuroploca trapezium, is a large carnivorous gastropod, which is available in all seasons along the southeast coast of India. Their beautiful shell and operculum are being used for ornamental and medicinal purpose. A small section of the fisher folk consumes the flesh of this gastropod but the majority of them are not aware of the real value and delicacy. The present research highlights the nutritive value of the meat of P.trapezium such as its protein, low lipid, vitamins, minerals and trace metal contents and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) like, Linoleic, Linolenic, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) Arachidonic and Eicosatrienoic acids. The meat also has good antioxidant activity, hence justifying the need to popularize this meat as important seafood. The information of the nutritional quality of this meat should be transferred to the local fishermen in order to give them an idea of the value of this resource so that effective actions can be taken for the proper utilization of this gastropod resource.