12 Reasons To Eat Oysters
Friday Food Fact: Oysters
Yes, I know…some people are weirded out by the funny looking sea creatures. But maybe its time to reconsider your distaste for them because they are in my top 10 foods you should eat for good health.
Let’s take a closer look at why these strange looking guys made the list…
12 cool reasons to eat oysters
1. Oysters are a bivalve mollusc (two part hinged shell that covers a soft-bodied invertebrate) that actually clean our waters of pollutants. Think of it like it has its very own in built water filtration system. Cool hey?
2. Vegan? Oysters have no central nervous system, so they don’t feel pain and they are also sustainably farmed with oysters having very little to no impact on the environment. This could be a very good way for you to increase nutrients that you can’t get naturally from your diet, like B12 and iron.
3. Oysters feed off zooplankton, microscopic animals in the water.
4. Immune Boosting – 1 cup of oysters contains about 650% of your daily requirement of zinc, meaning you get a good boost to strengthen your immune system and help fight those colds.
5. Aphrodisiac? The reason its thought to be a libido booster is due to the high zinc content (about 15 times the amount of zinc from beef ) which is an important mineral in sexual health for men, with zinc deficiency linked to impotence and reduction of sperm quality and quantity. Whether or not you get a rise in sexual desire is another matter but hey, it can’t hurt trying right? Wink, wink, nudge, nude.
6. Zinc – A lot of people are actually deficient in zinc, which can lead to poor immunity, poor skin health and acne, poor wound healing. Having 2 oysters a day should negate the need for zinc supplementation.
7. High in selenium – oysters offer great antioxidant properties meaning it helps protect against free radicals whilst supporting your thyroid function.
8. Energy – High in iron which helps to carry oxygen to your blood so you have increased mental clarity and overall energy.
9. Full of vitamin C & E giving it good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to eliminate free radicals from the body and increasing skin health.
10. Good ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 which we know is important to keep inflammation down.
11. A complete protein with 6 oysters containing about 5gms of protein.
12. Toxins? – Oysters are pretty much free from any worry of toxins that you get with bigger fish as they are the least kind of seafood affected by mercury
Need some help choosing oysters?
You want to pick oysters when they are fresh and closed. IF they gap open, you should be able to tap them and they close. If they don’t close it means the oyster has died and shouldn’t be consumed due to bacteria concerns.
If you live in South Australia, I order my oysters from Seafood Online – they are literally so fresh its like farming them yourself and eating them straight off the boat.
Raw with oyster Oliver dressing:
Finely chop 2 shallots, add 4 TB of red wine vinegar and 2 tsps of sugar or coconut sugar. Delish!