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Shellfish, Oysters

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Description

Oysters are shellfish that fall into the mollusk category, which also includes clams, mussels and scallops.

Eastern oysters which are named for their origin-including Bluepoints, Chincoteagues and Lynnhavens-provide most of the oysters in the United States.

Oysters are an excellent source of iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

Because oysters are filter feeders, their level of contamination will depend on the waters where they were cultivated. Oysters are considered an "Eco Best" by Oceans Alive. 

Consuming raw or undercooked oysters can cause serious illness including infection with vibrio bacteria or hepatitis virus.

Selecting & Storing

Choose only oysters with tightly closed shells or those that snap shut when tapped. Smaller oysters are younger and more tender. Live oysters can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Shucked oysters will keep refrigerated in their liquid for 2 days.

Special diets
  • AIP Diet
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Diet
  • Grain-Free Diet
  • High Protein Diet
  • Low FODMAP Diet
  • Low Lectin Diet
  • Low Oxalate Diet
  • Paleo Diet (Light)
  • Paleo Diet (Strict)
  • Pescetarian Diet
  • Primal Diet
  • Whole Food
Benefits
Excellent Source of
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • VitaminB12
  • Copper
  • EPA DHA Omega-3
  • Manganese
Good Source of
  • Protein
  • VitaminC
  • Riboflavin
  • Phosphorous
Preferences
  • No Fish
  • No Red Meat
  • No Pork
  • No Eggs
  • No Gluten
  • No Nuts
  • No Seeds
  • No Soy
  • No Dairy
  • No Poultry
  • No Molds
  • No Citrus
  • No Coconut
  • No Pseudograins
  • No Corn
  • No Yeast
  • No Peanuts
  • No Nightshade
  • No Legumes
  • No Grains
  • Low Carbohydrate
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Low Sugars
  • Low Saturated Fat
Nutrition & Macros
Nutrition Information

Serving size: 3 ounce(s)oyster

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Calories: 68

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 0 : 1

Macronutrients
Amount
Total Fat
1.93 g
Saturated Fat
0.43 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.75 g
Trans Fat
0 g
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3)
763 g
ALA
27 mg
EPA
368 mg,
DHA
210 mg,
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA)
0 mg
Cholesterol
42 mg
Total Carbohydrate
4.16 g
Net Carbohydrate
4.16 g
Sugars
0 g
Fiber
0 g
Protein
7.94 g
Sugar Alcohols
0 g
Vitamins
Amount
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
226.8 IU
5%
Vitamin C
6.72 mg
11%
Vitamin D
0 IU
0%
Vitamin E
0 IU
0%
Vitamin B6
0.04 mg
2%
Vitamin B12
13.44 mcg
224%
Vitamin K
0 mg
0%
Folate
8.4 mcg
2%
Niacin
1.69 mg
8%
Riboflavin
0.2 mg
12%
Thiamin
0.06 mg
4%
Choline
0 mg
0%
Minerals
Calcium
6.72 mg
1%
Copper
1.32 mg
66%
Iron
4.29 mg
24%
Magnesium
18.48 mg
5%
Manganese
0.54 mg
27%
Phosphorous
136.08 mg
14%
Potassium
141.12 mg
4%
Selenium
64.68 mcg
92%
Sodium
89.04 mg
4%
Zinc
13.96 mg
93%
Phytonutrients
Alpha-carotene
0 mcg
Beta-carotene
0 mcg
Beta-cryptoxanthin
0 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
0 mcg
Lycopene
0 mcg

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