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Oysters (and other bivalve mollusks) cooked vs raw

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I am reintroducing oysters into my diet. I used to eat them raw, but got sick on a bad one several years ago. I've tried since to eat them raw again, but my stomach turns. I tried again a week ago and had the same problem. So, I am just going to cook them. Just curious what nutrional/health benefits are lost in the cooking process. Any info you have will be great.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Also the R thing is not a myth...it's just a hold-over from eras where refrigeration was not adequate to keep oysters fresh in the summer. Jay, you're a jerk.

50e94d7b6b01e6cb87889c6541adc90c

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on December 29, 2011
at 11:37 PM

You're both right, aren't you? Nowadays the "R" rule doesn't make sense any more. I only know from the french coast, that they don't really harvest oysters in the summer months. It's time for letting the oysters reproduce and grow.

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on December 29, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Geez Jay, you're a real peach. 212 downvotes and 152 up. You must be a miserable person to be around.

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on December 29, 2011
at 04:59 PM

So I get a downvote? Gee thanks, sir, may have another?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on December 29, 2011
at 04:44 PM

The "R" thing is a myth

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 28, 2011
at 10:35 PM

"the only way to completely kill Vibrio vulnificus is through exposure to high heat. The FDA recommends thoroughly cooking your oysters before eating them. "

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on December 28, 2011
at 10:06 PM

personally shucked and ate 25 on xmas eve :) then went to town on boiled shrimp

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 28, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Do things like lemon juice or vinegar kill this bacteria? I imagine that salt probably won't do much.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I've been sick from raw seafood too so I feel the same way you do. I like oyster bbq'q on the half-shell with ginger, green onion, and a small splash of soy sauce/Braggs.

I found this, so maybe cooked is better in some cases.

" Warning

In addition to the many benefits attributed to oysters, eating them can also involve potentially dangerous risks. Some oysters can harbor a harmful bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus. A Vibrio vulnificus infection can make you extremely sick. It can also be potentially life-threatening if you suffer from health condition like cancer, diabetes or liver disease. The easiest way to contract a Vibrio vulnificus infection is by eating raw oysters. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the only way to completely kill Vibrio vulnificus is through exposure to high heat. The FDA recommends thoroughly cooking your oysters before eating them. In addition, those with compromised liver function should avoid eating oysters because of their high copper content.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/299797-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-oysters/#ixzz1hrO1NXki "

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 28, 2011
at 10:35 PM

"the only way to completely kill Vibrio vulnificus is through exposure to high heat. The FDA recommends thoroughly cooking your oysters before eating them. "

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on December 28, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Do things like lemon juice or vinegar kill this bacteria? I imagine that salt probably won't do much.

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50e94d7b6b01e6cb87889c6541adc90c

on December 28, 2011
at 10:04 PM

You got sick on a bad oyster several years ago. Fish poisoning actually is a histamine poisoning. You feel sick because your body can't handle such an amount of histamine produced by bacteria in the not so fresh mussel.

Cooking doesn't destroy histamine. Toddulent, if you're sensitive to histamine, then cooking won't help !

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:15 PM

RAW!

Try and eat them in cold months, or months ending in "R."

Failing that, I like smoked canned oysters with a little apple cider vinegar and horseradish and onion mignonette!

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on December 29, 2011
at 04:44 PM

The "R" thing is a myth

Medium avatar

(5639)

on December 29, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Geez Jay, you're a real peach. 212 downvotes and 152 up. You must be a miserable person to be around.

50e94d7b6b01e6cb87889c6541adc90c

(813)

on December 29, 2011
at 11:37 PM

You're both right, aren't you? Nowadays the "R" rule doesn't make sense any more. I only know from the french coast, that they don't really harvest oysters in the summer months. It's time for letting the oysters reproduce and grow.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on December 29, 2011
at 04:59 PM

So I get a downvote? Gee thanks, sir, may have another?

Medium avatar

(5639)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Also the R thing is not a myth...it's just a hold-over from eras where refrigeration was not adequate to keep oysters fresh in the summer. Jay, you're a jerk.

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