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  • Carbs in Oysters?

    So I've been on an oyster craze lately, but each time I eat one I can't help but wonder where all of the carbs come from. Granted, I don't really care about the carbs in oysters since I know they aren't starchy or sugary, but still, from whence the carbs? I LOVE the Crown Prince oysters in olive oil, in case anyone else has tried them. They are perfect with some melted kerrygold garlic and herb butter....MMmmmmm
    So, anyone know?

  • #2
    Who cares? Oysters are seriously good for you and you'll never get many carbs from them. How many carbs do you think there are in each oyster?
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

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    • #3
      I only eat raw oysters. They are 0.3g fat, 0.5g carb and 1g protein each. Are the Crown Prince canned oysters higher in carbs?

      I agree with peril that they are great food.
      50yo, 5'3"
      CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
      GW- Goals are no longer weight-related


      • #4
        A lot of shellfish seem to have carbs, though very small amounts usually. I can't find why they have them. Confounds me a little bit also as I have a mindset of animal = 0 carb (though not necessarily their byproducts like milk). I guess shellfish are the exception.

        I wonder if its because a lot are farmed.
        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


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        • #5
          Nah... even wild harvested shellfish have some carbs. It's just how it is.
          And "farmed" shellfish aren't exactly "farmed" in the same sense as other animals. They are not fed un-natural foods or crowded un-naturally. It is in a oysters nature to grow atop each other. And farming actually spreads/seeds them at a premium distance so that they can grow to the max in a min time for harvest.
          The baby bivalves are just given a favorable and safe growing place, such as oysters seeded onto the ropes suspended beneath floating rafts, and all their food is 100% natural and provided by mother nature from the flow of the oceans currents.

          They aren't the same kind of flesh as land animals or fish... so it is what it is.
          And delicious and healthy to boot!
          Eat and enjoy.
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          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.


          • #6
            Yeah, I was shocked when I discovered mussels have 1g carb each. 20 little buggers at a time, plus marinara sauce! Woo. I don't mind, but definitely the highest carb "protein" source I have encountered, haha.
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            • #7
              Yea it's just strange to me, that's all. I'm with Joanie - I just assume animal = protein and fat, no carb. But again, I'm not worried at all by it. Just intrigued. Anyway, I'm about to have some more this morning in my shakshuka:
              Shakshuka | Paleo Diet Lifestyle

              Oh man, I can't wait!


              • #8
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