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Why Do People Eat Mussels? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.Why do people eat mussels?” Good question. (OK, it’s a little “Food Channel” but again it beats answering those inquiries about assorted, odd intimate acts.  Seriously? We thought the “Fish-Hook” was just something really stupid fishermen used to try to catch mussels, mmmkay?)

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Some people eat mussels because they like the taste. They might also eat mussels because they like seafood in general. Some people might eat mussels because they are better informed about them.  Maybe it’s because chicks dig guys with mussels?

Still, there’s no need to take the word of yours truly on this subject. In fact, our returning guest speaker, Laurie Herr contributor to the ShareCare website, has more information on the subject of mussels.

As regular readers may recall, Herr spoke to Drew Ramsey, MD, the assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. She notes that bacon is one of “four brain-friendly foods from his (co-authored) book (The Happiness Diet).”

Both Herr and the good doctor confirmed that people eat mussels because they are more well-informed on the little critters. Herr states: “Contrary to popular belief, mussels are not bottom feeders. They’re also highly nutrient dense.”

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Fish is brain food, right? Mussels are healthy. Herr confirms this as well. She specifically notes:

“Mussels are one of the highest sources of vitamin B12, which boosts energy and sharpens memory in people who are deficient in this key nutrient. Iron, zinc and selenium all add more brain power.”

Herr and Ramsey even suggest eating mussels instead of chicken fingers. Ramsey concludes: “They’re the perfect finger food. And because you can’t eat mussels fast — and kids love the mild taste — they make a great family meal (as well).”

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It was such a temptation to end this column by saying: there’s nothing fishy about eating mussels. Aren’t you glad we didn’t? (“Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?”  If you missed that one, Google it.)

Why do people eat mussels? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.