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Are Oysters Good For You?

Oysters: More Than Sexy

Oysters inspire no middle ground, you either love them or hate them. I fall in the former category and am always happy when oyster season comes around. Months that contain the letter "R" are the months of oyster season (that is September through April), so the season is upon us!

People gulp them raw hoping they are truly the aphrodisiac of legends, but some folks shy away from oysters because they think the mollusk is high in cholesterol. Well, truth be told they are a lean source of protein and they contain Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact 6 oysters contain one third of your RDI of the uber healthy fatty acid. Seems like a reason to split a dozen with your honey to me.

On the other hand, 6 oysters only contain about 55 milligrams of cholesterol, about 1/5 of the cholesterol found in an egg. So the effect on blood cholesterol caused by oysters is minimal at most. Plus they are high in the immune supporting mineral zinc, as well as B12, copper, iron and selenium,

Fit's Tip: You want to look for oysters that have tightly closed shells. They should smell like the sea and not at all sulfurous. Pregnant women, children and people with compromised immune systems should avoid eating raw oysters due to the potential of toxic bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.

And you, how do you feel about oysters? Do you like them raw? Do you prefer them on the BBQ. Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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Huckleberry Huckleberry 8 years
I like them just fine raw with lemon, horsey, tobasco, cocktail and crackers. (not all at once) My fave is cajun steamed though...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
actually you can eat oysters all year round. Oysters spawn in the warmer months may - august and when eaten then tend to be more watery and bland and they are reduced in size, Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico spawn all year. What can kill you is a bacterium called vibrio vulnificus. Which thrive in warm waters.Heat destroys it completly. The Norovirus is also attached to the oyster and call also be killed with Heat. There isnt a bacterium that can resist the cooking method according to the FDA.gov website. I always eat mine steamed or fried.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
They are great cooked, I'm not a big fan of the raw versions. I do love the health benefits though.
Food Food 8 years
I love love love! oysters! The Hog Island Company has the best sauce. They call it HogWash. Also the months with an R is not necessarily true, it depends on where they come from. According the SF Chronicle, "There is no off season for Pacific oysters because they are hybridized." http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/10/19/FDGSJF7RHK1.DTL However, having said that, my number one rule when buying oysters is to make sure I get them from a reputable source. Oh yum!
sair3 sair3 8 years
love them raw with horseradish!
lulis lulis 8 years
Love them Raw with Lemon and HOT sauce :)
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 8 years
I don't care what they're fried in, covered in, dipped in, what vitamins they have or how they benefit me...I think they are absolutely, positively DISGUSTING!!! (yes, I have tried them so don't think "how can you say eewwww if you haven't tried it") BLECH!!!
Mary-Mary Mary-Mary 8 years
We just had a death in Atlanta from raw oyster eating. Do not eat raw oysters in the summer - you are asking for trouble. Here is the link to the AJC article: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2007/09/10/oysters_0911.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstabCooking does not destroy the bacteria that kill. The old wives saying "only eat oysters in months that have an R" is good advice. May, June, July and August are not oyster months.
Mary-Mary Mary-Mary 8 years
We just had a death in Atlanta from raw oyster eating. Do not eat raw oysters in the summer - you are asking for trouble. Here is the link to the AJC article: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2007/09/10/oysters_0911.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab Cooking does not destroy the bacteria that kill. The old wives saying "only eat oysters in months that have an R" is good advice. May, June, July and August are not oyster months.
krisfl krisfl 8 years
i love them raw with lemon, horseradish and Tabascothey're good Rockefeller too
krisfl krisfl 8 years
i love them raw with lemon, horseradish and Tabasco they're good Rockefeller too
Cleopatra2U Cleopatra2U 8 years
I like oysters best steamed, with butter. Hooters' roasted Carolina-style oysters are good, too. The only way I like them raw is as a shooter with vodka and cocktail sauce.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Love them any way. Plus I am really good at schuking them.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
never tried them :o im afraid ......
almostloli almostloli 8 years
never tried them :o im afraid ......
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Mmmm i LOVE oysters! They are sooo good just shooting them back!!!!
mrsyuen mrsyuen 8 years
Raw with a little lemon and cocktail sauce!
purpleorchid027 purpleorchid027 8 years
Love them! Lightly steamed or raw with a little lemon and a mix of a little cocktail/horseradish/tabassco on the side. I get to eat them for my b-day dinner date this weekend!
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
Both ways, cooked and uncooked, they're like two different foods! My mum likes to steam cook them with OX sauce or ginger and shallots.
udvikler udvikler 8 years
love them with lemon :)
udvikler udvikler 8 years
love them with lemon :)
loisbois82 loisbois82 8 years
oyster shooters! :) or with lemon & tabasco!
loisbois82 loisbois82 8 years
oyster shooters! :) or with lemon & tabasco!
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