Chocolate gets top billing on Valentine's Day, but oysters may be the ultimate food for love.

By Emily Anne Turner
January 07, 2003
Randy Mayor

They're sensual, succulent, slippery, and ... sexy.

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, was born fromthe shell of one. And Casanova reportedly ate 50 of them raw withhis lady of the moment every morning. What mysterious mollusk isassociated with such sensuality? The oyster, of course.

Aphrodisiacs have been sought out for centuries as a remedy forinadequate performance and as a means to increase fertility.Perhaps it is the sensual shape or texture of the raw oyster thatoften places it at the top of the list of natural love potions.

But questions remain as to the legitimacy of oysters asaphrodisiacs. The FDA claims that the reported sexual effects ofoysters are based not in fact, but in fiction.

The FDA might argue potency, but who can deny the power of themind? If you think eating oysters makes you feel sexy then they'realready working. Here are several reasons to down some oysters andup your libido:

They're healthy

Oysters are rich in phosphorus, iodine, and zinc, which is knownto increase the sexual health of both men and women. Research hasfound that low sperm count is connected to low zinc levels.

They're best-sellers in the romancecountries

Spain and France have the second and third largest per capitaseafood consumption in the world, behind only Portugal. Thesweethearts 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, likelove, downing raw oysters from the half-shell can be a rare andexciting experience.

Sure they're slippery, but these creatures that come fromAphrodite's home can pack a powerful love punch. So thisValentine's Day let the oysters do the sweet talking.