Oysters – Here’s A Superfood Pearl of Wisdom

November 13, 2010 by Matt

Did you know oysters are one of the best superfoods to put into your body? Oysters like fish are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, are high in protein, low in cholesterol, and one of the highest natural forms of zinc which provides you with a healthy immune system.

Many people have texture problems when eating and oysters have kind of a soft fleshy feel. Almost that of uncooked chicken. But don’t let that scare you off because you don’t have to eat them just raw even though that’s the best way for you to consume them.

This is because the heat tends to change the chemical make up of foods and takes away from the natural health benefits. However you can get them medium steamed to or fully steamed. I recommend that for people who first start off eating oysters.

But as for me, I’ve been eating raw oysters for years and there’s nothing better than putting some lemon juice on a raw oyster with some cocktail sauce mixed with fresh horseradish sauce mixed in. Mmmm…my mouth is watering.

First off when you go to the store to buy oysters you need to give it the smell test just like any seafood. If it smells like the sea that’s fine. It should smell a little like the ocean or a bit salty, but if it smells like fish or has a foul smell at all, don’t get it. It should almost seem odorless.

Most people get squeamish when they hear raw but did you know that raw shelfish like mussels, clams, and oysters have the strictest food safety standards out there before they can be consumed ?

I’d like to quote the source from this article from aqua culture that says: “Okay, we all know three things about oysters: They grow pearls (if you’re lucky!), provide a boost in the bedroom department (Casanova ate a dozen every day), and taste great on the half-shell – plain or with a dab of hot sauce.”

Great way to sum up these little guys.

Yes it’s true that oysters precent your skin from wrinkling.

Yes it’s true that oysters can also help improve vision.

Yes it’s true that oysters are rich in iron, calcium, vitamin a and vitamin b-12

And yes, oysters are a known aphrodisiac because it is rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Another reason is that high zinc content of oyster aids in the production of testosterone.

Also I recommend that if you are anywhere in the United States you should check out the restaurant The Palm which has a late night happy hour oysters after 9pm that’s a buck an oyster. And they are delicious Blue Point oysters from Massachusetts, which has a heartier flavor than oysters out west, which are said to be better oysters when cooked.

I always tell people in life, don’t knock it til’ you try it. So go sit at the oyster bar and try something new and while you’re trying something new, healthy, and great for you why not shoot on over here and read this article on undenatured whey protein and see how much more you’re missing in the health department. Did you like that little lead in there. Me too :)

As always, thanks for reading the posts. Feel free to leave some comments as always because I love reading them and nobody is going to make fun of you for doing that so don’t worry.

Cheers!
-Matt Smith