Oysters are high in the zinc (here's a look at zinc deficiency symptoms
), plus they're a great source of protein. Zinc is an antioxidant that is important for eye health and is necessary for immune system function. It is involved in many different chemical reactions that occur in the body. If you don't like oysters
, you can still get some zinc from beef or pork (don't worry pork doesn't spread swine flu
), although oysters contain more zinc than any other food. Be careful with zinc supplements, which can result in zinc toxicity
Oysters have been eaten throughout history. In most grocery stores, you'll find canned oysters, however some meat departments will sell fresh, live oysters. Eat raw, smoked or cooked oysters as an appetizer or you can make oyster stew.
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