During the whole debate about the FDA's proposed ban on raw oysters, one aspect of the issue that didn't get addressed much is the actual health benefit of eating raw oysters. Rather, it was Vibrio vulnificus that took not only center, but the entire stage.
As for the health benefits for every individual (with a normal immune system) who consumes raw oysters:
The National Heart and Lung Institute states that oysters are ideal for a low-cholesterol diet, but oysters (especially raw) are also a great source of vitamins A, B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C (ascorbic acid) and D (calciferol). Four or five medium size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus. *
WebMD even designates oysters as the #1 healthiest food for men
That's not to mention the legendary benefit to a boost in libido, the reasons for which I'll hit in my next post.
* Source: GlobalGourmet.com
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