Are Oysters Really An Aphrodisiac? Find Out at Umberto's Clam House

    Wed, Jan 9, 2013
    Are Oysters Really An Aphrodisiac? Find Out at Umberto's Clam House
    Umberto's Clam House

    Umberto's Clam House opened its doors in 1972 and has been a staple location for fresh seafood in Little Italy ever since. The landmark restaurant has solidified itself as a hallmark for delicious and authentic seafood, as well as a unyielding tradition of freshness. For over 40 years Umberto's Clam House has served a myriad of guests and visitors with the freshest oysters, clams, and shrimp.

    The appeal of oysters and clams (beyond their deliciousness) stems from the belief that the creatures are natural aphrodisiac. Throughout the ages, shellfish, as well as asparagus, almonds, avocado, bananas, chocolate, eggs, and figs have been held as natural ways to increase the human libido. But until now, there has been little scientific evidence to support this clam... er, claim.

    New research from American and Italian chemists claim that oysters, clams and mussels may in fact possess chemicals that increase sexual desire. Scientists have found that when consumed, oysters and clams release sexual hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. These compounds are D-aspartic acid and NMDA.  

    Although these claims are interesting, many skeptics state that these benefits dissolve upon digestion. These hormones breakdown during the digestion processes and no measureable effect may be present. In addition, estrogen release has been shown to decrease libido in women, and thus, consuming oysters and clams probably does not increase sex drive.

    Regardless of the scientific findings, contemporary wisdom and tradition still revel these dishes in high desire. Regardless of what effect oysters and clams may or may not have on your libido, Umberto's Clam House still serves delicious and traditional seafood, featuring their famous Hot Red Clam Sauce.

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