6 Surprising Facts about Oysters

Oysters are under threat, but follow these tips to help protect them and enjoy their amazing benefits, too.

March 1, 2012

We should all appreciate oysters.

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Whether you love them raw, fried, or on the half shell, oysters can provide you with a host of health benefits, among them, high levels of heart- and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and enough zinc (the aphrodisiac mineral) to keep your mojo flowing all night. Though farmed oysters are one of the most sustainable seafood options out there, more than 85 percent of the world's wild oyster reefs have been lost. Invasive species such as Atlantic coast crabs and snails are decimating oyster reefs off the California coast, and farm runoff from the Midwest is harming wild oyster beds in the Gulf of Mexico. Topping it off, climate change has increased the acidification of ocean waters, which in turn weakens oysters' shells causing them to die off. Here are six reasons we need to save wild oysters--and other reasons they're good for you!

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