Surprising Health Benefits of Oysters

Oysters can offer a surprising number of health benefits. They are low in fat, high in protein, and contain valuable minerals such as copper, zinc, selenium, iron, and vitamin B12. There are benefits particularly beneficial to women over the age of 40, because they can really benefit from the minerals that oysters provide.

As people age, they can begin to become deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Oysters are a rich source of many of these vitamins and minerals while also being low-calorie.
From a health-standpoint, steaming the oysters is the best way to prepare them for consumption.

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Louisiana Oyster Safety and Nutrition

The Louisiana Department of health constantly monitors the waters where oysters are growing. Prior to any oil entering an oyster area, LDH will close the area. LDH samples and tests water and oyster meat from several beds that were not directly impacted by the oil spill to ensure oyster safety and standard.

Oysters that are harvested from approved waters and that are packed and refrigerated under correct sanitary conditions are usually approved for raw consumption.

Consuming raw oysters can however create an increased risk of illness to individuals who have or are predisposed to certain medical conditions.

Raw oysters have a protein content of around 9% and fat content of less than 2% They are low in cholesterol and sodium and very iron rich.

Oysters in-shell shouldn’t gape and should close when tapped. If the shell doesn’t close tightly or if the meat is dry, the oyster should not be consumed and should be disposed. Oysters have a broken or partially broken shell should also be disposed of. Oysters meat should be creamy, tan, plump, and should have a mild, fresh smell.

While oysters CAN be eaten year-round and not just months that end in “r,” they are highly-perishable during the summer months and should be refrigerated properly.

Oysters can be frozen, but once thawed, they are generally not suitable for raw consumption. They are however completely safe for eating cooked.

For more information on Louisiana Oyster Safety and Nutrition, visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s website HERE and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference website HERE.