Oysters, mussels, snails ... the true allies for slimming
Low in calories, oysters have no effect on your body... Provided you don't overdo your bread with butter and a small glass of white wine.
Oysters rich in protein provide no more than 80 calories per 100 grams, like white fish. They're perfect for the line, provided you don't eat them with cream sauce (185 calories. for 2 tablespoons!), mayonnaise (350 calories. for 2 tablespoons) or buttered rye bread (170 calories. for the two sandwiches). Most are eaten raw with a few drops of citrus juice or leek vinegar. Otherwise, it can be simmered with a little marinade (garlic, onion, parsley, white wine) or cooked in court broth and served with vegetable fondue, on skewers, in a mixed salad or in Chinese soup.
Clamshells: They are rich in good fats
Oysters provide little cholesterol, unlike crustaceans. They contain almost no saturated fatty acids, which are the fats to limit if bad cholesterol (LDL) is increased. They have good levels of omega-3 (although they are less concentrated than oily fish), which protects against cardiovascular disease thanks to its anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning effects. Mussels and oysters providing the most: 60% of the recommended daily intake for 100 grams (ie a pint of mussels or 6 No. 3 oysters).
Mussels, snails...magnesium mine
They are among the foods richest in magnesium (along with seeds, nuts and legumes): 100g provides up to 25% of the recommended intake. They also have record levels of iodine (especially mussels and oysters), zinc (snails and scallops), and selenium (all), which most women lack. To boost our intake, it is ideal to consume it once a week to replace a fish. But no more than two to three times because like all seafood, it also risks containing contaminants (methylmercury, dioxins, etc.).
More iron than meat
Snails, mussels, oysters, oysters and clams provide 2 to 3 times more than red meat! It is heme iron, in its chemical form identical to that of meat, that is the most absorbable: up to 25% is retained by the body versus 5% for iron of plant origin. To put it regularly on the menu if you are anemic (lack of red blood cells) or if you follow a flexible (less meat) or vegetarian (without meat but with fish) diet.
Not everyone can eat it
It is not recommended to eat raw oysters for pregnant women, young children, the elderly, or patients with weak immune defenses. Oysters filter liters of seawater per day and become easily laden with microbes, toxins or chemical pollutants. That is why they are subject to regular analyzes and can sometimes be prevented from selling for some time. When choosing them, make sure the site is rated A by the authorities and avoid those with broken or open shells. They are picked or bought, kept in the cold part of the refrigerator and eaten within 24 to 48 hours.