Legend has it that oysters are a great aphrodisiac. Turns out they could have a lot of other medicinal qualities – just not intentionally. According to a recent study of the bivalves in Oregon, some oysters there are jam packed with what’s been called a “cocktail of pharmaceuticals” thanks to polluted waterways.
Researchers with Portland State University, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Geological Survey and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality looked at native Olympia oysters and found contaimination from a mix of drugs and chemicals including pain relievers, antibiotics, mercury and pesticides. According to Oregon Live, even though the research team stated that the “individual concentrations of chemicals” would be considered safe by health officials, environmental and health risks could still exist.