Olives are synonymous with Greek salads, as pizza toppings and in a martini. But if you did not know they also pack a punch when it comes to your health. I personally enjoy snacking on them in between daily meals.
Olives are a type of stone fruit (or drupe) that is related to mangoes, cherries, peaches and pistachios. Drupes are identified by a hard pit or stone surrounded by fleshy fruit.Green olives are harvested early in the season, while black olives are harvested at full maturity. Both varieties are a great low-kilo joule snack packed with “good” fat. But no matter which type of olive you enjoy – whether in a martini, salad, and sandwich or as a tapenade – olives offer many health benefits.
We have found benefits that might get you eating more of these nutrient packed bombs:
Packed with antioxidants
Research shows that olives are a good source of bio-phenols. This antioxidant prevents the accumulation of bad cholesterol on artery walls.
Rich in gut-friendly bacteria
Olives are a fermented food and full of Lactobacillus a gut-friendly bacterium.
Help fight wrinkles
Olives contain oleic acid which keeps skin soft and healthy. In fact, eating olives can improve the appearance of wrinkles by as much as 20%.
Help lower your risk for diabetes and obesity
Olives are high in monounsaturated fats and can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity if you substitute them for foods with “bad” fats.
Can help reduce your appetite
Olives contain monounsaturated fatty acids which help slow the digestion process and stimulate cholecystokinin, a hormone that tells your when your stomach is full.
Help improve bone health
A study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition suggests that olive oil phenols can help prevent bone mass loss.
May help reduce risk of cancer
Olives contain phenolic compounds that show anti-tumour capabilities in the breast, colon and stomach.
Olives are a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. Foods with a high monounsaturated fatty acid content lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.
May relieve pain
Research shows that olives stop the growth of enzymes responsible for inflammation and pain.
Therefore incorporate olives in a salad or in your daily meals there are a lot of creative ways you can include them and gain these amazing health benefits.