Monday, June 4, 2012

Dietary Benefits of Oysters- Winthrop Meeting

Health Benefits Of Oysters

While perusing the web seeking information on our favorite mollusk, the nibble contained a terrific summary as to why they are good for you. Oysters are not only delicious, but they’re also one of the most nutritionally well-balanced foods. They’re high in protein, low in fat and loaded with essential minerals.

Ounce for ounce, oysters have fewer calories and about the same level of cholesterol as white-fleshed fish; and are much lower in fat, cholesterol and calories when compared to poultry. The National Heart and Lung Institute suggests oysters as an ideal food for inclusion in low-cholesterol diets.
Oysters are an excellent 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 calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.

One entire cup of oyster meat (that’s as much as Diamond Jim Brady would consume) is just 160 calories. Figure 10 calories per medium oyster, or 20 calories per ounce of oyster meat.

Whether you enjoy them raw or cooked, you can enjoy them in abundance!

Meeting with Winthrop Harbor Management Committee

Recently we met with the Winthrop Harbor Management Committee to talk with them about an oyster restoration project. It was an interesting meeting as Winthrop is an active Harbor with lobstermen, clammers and a ferry service. The Committee was cordial and we had a good discussion. The next step is for them to decide if they are interested in moving forward and then we will work together to formulate a plan. Tink Martin whom we met through the Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh set up that meeting. She has also introduced us into the clammers who are active in Boston Harbor. Thank you Tink!

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