Marie Antoinette

Aphrodisiac claim for oysters finally backed by research

     Coppola wisely chose to elevate the aphrodisiac properties of oysters multiple times throughout the film. The men who consume oysters have a very healthy and strong appetite for sex. After a little research I can see why Coppola chose to use oysters. According to the article "Aphrodisiac claim for oysters finally backed by research," author Mike Adams in 2005 (one year before the movie's debut) states, "For centuries, men have believed that oysters and other shellfish are natural aphrodisiacs. But, until now, there has been little, if any, scientific evidence to support that claim. A new study, however, shows that oysters, clams, mussels and scallops all have chemical compounds that release sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. Skeptics still abound, however. Some scientists wonder if the foods have enough of the chemicals to trigger libido." It is important to note that Louis XVI does not partake in eating oysters in the movie to illustrate his non-existing sex drive toward women.

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