By TammyWhite
1 years ago

Olives Benefits

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Olives are small fruit that grow on olive trees (Olea europaea).

They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits. They are related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds and pistachios.

Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart, and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer.

The healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce extra virgin olive oil, one of the key components of the incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet.

Olives are often enjoyed in salads, sandwiches, tapenade or pesto.

Olives are oval-shaped, with the average olive weighing about 3–5 grams.

Some immature olives are green, and turn black when they ripen. Others remain green even when fully ripe.

In the Mediterranean countries, 90% of olives are used to make olive oil.

Olives contain 115–145 calories per 100 grams, or about 59 calories for 10 olives (assuming that an average olive weighs 4 grams).

They consist of 75–80% water, 11–15% fat, 4–6% carbs and minor amounts of protein.

Olives contain 11–15% fat.

74% percent of this fat content is oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid. It is the main component of olive oil.

It has been linked with several health benefits, including decreased inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease. It may even help fight cancer.

Olives also have a low carb content.

Only 4–6% of an olive is a made up of carbs, and this consists mostly of fiber.

In fact, fiber makes up 52–86% of the total carb content.

The net digestible carb content is therefore very low. It is only around 1.5 grams in 10 average-sized olives.

However, olives are still a relatively poor source of fiber, since 10 olives only provide about 1.5 grams.


Olives are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, some of which are added during processing.

Vitamin E: High-fat plant foods usually contain the highest amounts of this powerful antioxidant.
Iron: Black olives are a good source of iron, which is important for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.
Copper: This essential mineral is often lacking in the typical western diet. Copper deficiency may increase the risk of heart disease.
Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body. It is essential for bone, muscle and nerve function.
Sodium: Most olives contain a high amount of sodium, since they are packaged in brine or saltwater.


Olives are rich in many plant compounds. They are particularly high in antioxidants.

Oleuropein: This is the most abundant antioxidant in fresh, unripe olives. It is linked with many health benefits.
Hydroxytyrosol: During olive ripening, oleuropein is broken down into hydroxytyrosol. It is also a powerful antioxidant.
Tyrosol: Most prevalent in olive oil, this antioxidant is not as potent as hydroxytyrosol. However, it may help prevent heart disease.
Oleonalic Acid: This antioxidant may help prevent liver damage, regulate blood fats and reduce inflammation.
Quercetin: This nutrient may lower blood pressure and improve heart health.

Olives are a staple of the Mediterranean diet. They have been associated with many health benefits, especially for heart health and cancer prevention.

Dietary antioxidants have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Olives are rich in antioxidants, with health benefits ranging from fighting inflammation to reducing the growth of unwanted microorganisms.

One study showed that eating a pulpy residue from olives significantly increased blood levels of glutathione. This is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body.

Olives may also fight against the bacteria responsible for infections in the airway and stomach.

High blood cholesterol and high blood pressure are both well-known risk factors for heart disease.

Oleic acid, the main fatty acid in olives, has been associated with improved heart health. It may regulate cholesterol levels and protect the LDL-cholesterol from oxidation.

Furthermore, some studies have shown that olives and olive oil are able to reduce blood pressure.

Osteoporosis is characterized by decreased bone mass and bone quality. It can increase the risk of fractures.

The rates of osteoporosis are lower in Mediterranean countries than in other European countries, which has caused scientists to speculate that olives might be protective.

Olives and olive oil are commonly consumed in the Mediterranean region, where the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases is lower than in other European or American countries.

It is possible that eating olives may help reduce the risk of cancer.

This may be partly due to their high content of antioxidants and oleic acid. In test-tube experiments, these have been shown to be able to disrupt the life cycle of cancer cells in the breast, colon and stomach.

However, human studies are needed to confirm these results. At this point, it is unclear whether eating olives has any effect on cancer.


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