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Nutritional Benefits of Oysters


Pan-Fried Oysters



Drain oysters. Dip prepared oysters in egg, then in corm meal, coating thoroughly. Set aside to dry. Heat oil or fat in frying pan to 370 degrees Fahrenheit (or until quite hot). Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn carefully to brown the other (about 4 minutes on each side) Serve immediately. Serves 3-5.                           Back to Top

Oyster Soup


In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream and oyster liquor from the oysters to a simmer. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the celery and a pinch of the salt and sweat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion and continue cooking until translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery seed, hot pepper sauce, and oysters and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the edges of the oysters start to curl.

Transfer the oysters to the carafe of a blender and add enough of the cream just to cover. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Return the remaining cream to medium heat, add the pureed mixture, and cook until heated through. Just before serving, add the lemon juice, chopped herbs, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.         

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Oyster Stuffing

(for 12 lb. fowl)


Sauté celery and onion lightly in butter. Cut each oyster into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, stuff fowl, and roast.                                                    Back to Top



Oysters are naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C.



Our bodies need Protein to build strong bones, muscles, skin, and cells. Because we can't store Protein in our bodies the way we can store carbohydrates, we need to make sure we get enough Protein every day.

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What does Protein do for the skin?
Protein is a component of all the cells in the body and a building block of skin tissue. Proteins are broken down into amino acids, the building blocks of new Proteins for the body's constant reconstruction job. They are like Legos, coming in different shapes, sizes, and types that help construct collagen in the skin. It's a perfect economy, with the amino acids being recycled into new Proteins on a supply-and-demand basis.              


Iron aids in transporting oxygen to the body's cells. Iron is a facilitator for regulating body temperature and also plays a key role in providing strength to the immune system.

What is the connection between Iron and anemia?
A lack of Iron in the body is the most common cause of anemia. Your body uses Iron to make hemoglobin and without the needed amount of Iron, your body cannot make hemoglobin. The main function of red blood cells is the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the body's cells and red blood cells contain the hemoglobin which carries that oxygen.

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Oysters are loaded with Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are good for your joints, skin, vision, brain, heart, and helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. 100g (about 6 medium oysters) have 740mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. The average recommended daily value is 1000mg for women and 600mg for men.

Here's how a daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids can improve and protect your body's functioning:

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Calcium is needed for strong bones, aids in blood clotting and activates enzymes to help with digestion.

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What does Calcium do for the body, beyond building bones?
Calcium is actually responsible for a lot of things in your body. Proper amounts of calcium help keep your joints free of inflammation and arthritis, as well as help your muscles contract. Calcium also helps your brain communicate with your nerves, keeps your blood pressure normal and reduces the risk of colon cancer.


The majority of Americans get most of their Zinc from meat and poultry. A serving of oysters contains more Zinc than any other food per serving (76.7mg in 6 medium oysters!). This is more than 100% of the suggested daily amount of 8-11mg. Zinc helps maintain a healthy immune system which is needed for fighting illness and healing wounds. It also helps maintain your sense of taste and smell. Because your body has no natural way to store zinc, it's important to make sure you're getting your daily dose.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects your body from free radicals, which may cause heart disease and cancer. It also helps your immune system and helps you heal from scrapes and bruises.

If Vitamin C is an antioxidant, what is the role of antioxidants in the body?
Antioxidants act like superhero nutrients in the body. They extinguish toxic oxygen molecules known as free radicals, the bad byproducts of cell renewal that are also produced by pollution and sun damage.

Pacific Oysters are naturally one of the most nutritionally well balanced of foods. They are low in fat, calories and cholesterol in addition to being high in protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc and vitamin C.

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According to a study at the University of Washington, shellfish poses no danger to cholesterol levels. This study found that some of the most commonly eaten shellfish, including oysters, showed evidence of raising HDLs (good cholesterol levels) and lowering LDL's (bad cholesterol levels).

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Information in this document was gathered from www.nutritiondata.com, www.doctoroz.com, www.everydayhealth.com and www.livestrong.com