A plea for oysters
Last night, I called a girlfriend of mine to ask her if she wanted to go for a run with me in the Vondelpark, a beautiful park in the center of Amsterdam. With her mouth full, she answered that she couldn’t go because she was out eating oysters! I started giggling and told her that I was just reading about them in light of the fact that I ate so many of them during my recent California trip. I was wondering what they are exactly, why we eat them and why eating them makes me feel happy? I quickly ended our call and promised my friend I would write a blog about oysters ASAP.
Oysters not only filter seawater, they’re also really healthy! Hunter-gatherers, Greeks and Romans all slurped down an oyster or two. These two-shelled mollusks (doesn’t that sound appetizing) live in closed oyster beds in the sea, on mud or silt. Their shells consist of two compressed parts that hug their soft little bodies. An oyster’s body is a huge source of protein – six middle-sized oysters provide you with six grams of protein; and those six grams consist of high-quality protein that is easier to digest than that contained in meat.
Oysters also contain vitamins B12, B3 and D, and the mineral zinc. In fact, oysters contain more zinc than any other food in the world (a whopping 76,7 mg in 6 middle-sized oysters!). This mineral is essential for the growth and development of your body at any stage of life. It supports a healthy immune system, facilitates wound healing and keeps your bones healthy, your brain working and your hair shiny and pretty.
And, oh yes, ladies and gentlemen! Zinc assists in sperm production and assists the production of testosterone in both men and women. It also releases dopamine, which is a libido-boosting hormone.
I say slurp away!