Love on the Half Shell
Chocolate gets top billing on Valentine's Day, but oysters may be the ultimate food for love.
They're sensual, succulent, slippery, and ... sexy.
Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, was born from the shell of one. And Casanova reportedly ate 50 of them raw with his lady of the moment every morning. What mysterious mollusk is associated with such sensuality? The oyster, of course.
Aphrodisiacs have been sought out for centuries as a remedy for inadequate performance and as a means to increase fertility. Perhaps it is the sensual shape or texture of the raw oyster that often places it at the top of the list of natural love potions.
But questions remain as to the legitimacy of oysters as aphrodisiacs. The FDA claims that the reported sexual effects of oysters are based not in fact, but in fiction.
The FDA might argue potency, but who can deny the power of the mind? If you think eating oysters makes you feel sexy then they're already working. Here are several reasons to down some oysters and up your libido:
Oysters are rich in phosphorus, iodine, and zinc, which is known to increase the sexual health of both men and women. Research has found that low sperm count is connected to low zinc levels.
They're best-sellers in the romance countries
Spain and France have the second and third largest per capita seafood consumption in the world, behind only Portugal. The sweethearts in these capitals of romance must be on to something, because love is in the air, or maybe, the water.
They're a symbol of love
Like a broken heart, oyster beds are slow to regrow. So, like love, downing raw oysters from the half-shell can be a rare and exciting experience.
Sure they're slippery, but these creatures that come from Aphrodite's home can pack a powerful love punch. So this Valentine's Day let the oysters do the sweet talking.