Oysters are a rich source:
- Six rock oysters represent 43% of your recommended weekly intake of Omega-3
- Six native oysters represent 40% of your recommended weekly intake of Omega-3
Oysters contain over 8 times more iron than is found in chicken.
5 good reasons to include shellfish regularly in your diet
- Shellfish provide proteins, vitamins and minerals, are low in fat and a wonderful source of Omega-3 fatty acid.
- Contrary to the old wife's tale, eating shellfish does not raise blood cholesterol.
- Shellfish are low in calories, which is perfect for weight loss!
- Different shellfish have different health benefits so, to make the most of these, we should vary the types we eat. With over thirty UK species available to us, there’s no excuse not to try something new – good news for our taste buds and our health!
- A portion of shellfish constitutes one of your recommended “two-a-week” portions of seafood
Why are these important?
- Zinc helps process the carbohydrate, fat and protein in the food we eat and assists with the healing of wounds. (Oysters contain nearly 50 times the amount of zinc that is found in chicken).
- Copper helps produce red and white blood cells and triggers the release of iron to form haemoglobin. It is also important for infant growth, brain development, the immune system and for strong bones.
- Vitamin B12 This vitamin is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and plays a key role in the formation of red blood cells.
- Iron is key in making the red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body.
- Iron deficiency can result in anaemia.
- Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, to help keep bones and teeth healthy.
- Iodine, naturally present in seawater, is a key constituent of the thyroid hormones, essential for the good functioning of the metabolic rate and to keep cells healthy.
Did you know …
- Zinc is used in the production of testosterone which explains why oysters, which are particularly rich in zinc, are often cited as having aphrodisiacal properties.
- Oysters contain over 8 times more iron than is found in chicken.