The shellfish known as the oyster has long been thought to have aphrodisiac properties, but now researchers at Louisiana State University have come up with yet another reason to eat them: they may help prevent and treat cancer.
Oysters contain fat compounds called ceramides, which researchers found can restrict the growth of breast-cancer cells as well as prevent the formation of blood vessels, which inhibits cancer from spreading. In a seven-day study, cancer growth decreased by 57 percent.
In case you're wondering, both raw and cooked oysters apply. The only exception would be the use of fat-reducing grills, because ceramide is found in oil, which is lost when using a tilted grill. Does this finding make you want to eat more oysters?