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    So i started eating clams for the testosterone but I hate the nasty taste, so I just swallow them up.

    Is this okay? Will it get digested inside me?

    Alternatively I could make a smoothie with it.
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    yes, you can swallow them whole if you must.
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      • #4
        Well, you shouldn't be swallowing the shell.

        But, wait -- clams and testosterone? Huh??

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        • #5
          Yup, Southeastern New Englander here, I think most of us started off swallowing them whole. Oysters, mussels, clams, etc. You'll be fine. They can not only have HUGE bellies sometimes, which can taste, umm, "mineraly" at best..they can sometimes be sandy. Rinse properly!

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            • #7
              So since it's okay to swallow is it better to eat it raw? Does cooking damage it?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
                So since it's okay to swallow is it better to eat it raw? Does cooking damage it?
                I steam my clams but I have had them raw at sushi bars. As I understand it, there are some amino acids in clams that are believed to enhance testosterone production. I have no idea how cooking affects the amino acids. Apparently oysters are particularly high in these acids in the spring - and I think you should definitely eat them raw.

                As you are primal, I assume you are still eating red meat for the zinc. I'm curious, are you also eating pumpkin seeds?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PrairieProf View Post
                  Well, you shouldn't be swallowing the shell.
                  I didn't understand if he meant the shell or not. As for what's inside of it, absolutely. Cooked or raw. Although w/ steamers I pull that membrane off of the foot. Just remember it should be closed up tight before cooking or opening raw. Cherrystones, mmm...mmm.

                  Clam smoothie? I guess w/ cream and butter you'd have a chowder smoothie. As for testosterone you may be referring to the aphrodisiac effect, related to the zinc they contain.
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                  • #10
                    Reminds me of a Hagar the Horrible cartoon. Hagar asks, "What are these things that are crispy on the outside with chewy centers?"

                    He is told that they are oysters.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Juliemama View Post
                      Yup, Southeastern New Englander here, I think most of us started off swallowing them whole. Oysters, mussels, clams, etc. You'll be fine. They can not only have HUGE bellies sometimes, which can taste, umm, "mineraly" at best..they can sometimes be sandy. Rinse properly!
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                      So check it, if you have good clams, eat those puppies whole, raw, on the half shell. Little lemon juice, maybe a mignonette, or if you must a touch of cocktail sauce. Best things ever.

                      Now what's this about testosterone?
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                      • #12
                        Raw it is then... gonna go buy another dozen today.

                        Also is it okay to freeze them?

                        I realized that after I freeze them and then thaw them, they open automatically. It's so convenient.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by girlarchitect View Post
                          I steam my clams but I have had them raw at sushi bars. As I understand it, there are some amino acids in clams that are believed to enhance testosterone production. I have no idea how cooking affects the amino acids. Apparently oysters are particularly high in these acids in the spring - and I think you should definitely eat them raw.

                          As you are primal, I assume you are still eating red meat for the zinc. I'm curious, are you also eating pumpkin seeds?
                          Why would I eat pumpkin seeds? I'll buy some today then.
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                          • #14
                            Mmmm, clams. I've had a hankering for them lately. I had some amazing clams in Milan a couple years ago, sauteed in white wine, butter and garlic. Gonna have to rustle up a recipe and make them soon.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
                              Why would I eat pumpkin seeds? I'll buy some today then.
                              Well, I'm no expert on diets and nutrition but I've read that pumpkin seeds are also high in zinc. But you might want to double check that before you run out and buy them.
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