Olives:

How Healthy are They? Which Olives are Best?

Olives are one of the oldest foods known to man, dating back some 8,000 years in the Mediterranean region. The olive tree was valued as a symbol of peace and happiness, while olives were used as food and a source of oil.

Today everyone knows how good olive oil is for health, but the humble olive is often passed up (often because they've unfairly gotten a bad rap for being high in fat). However, olives are actually a very healthy fruit, one that's been lending superb nutrition to mankind for centuries. So there's no need to pass up that tempting olive bar at the market any longer -- olives are good for you!

All Olives Start Out Green

If you take a look at your local supermarket, you'll see olives in a rainbow of colors, from green to brown to purple to black, with flavors just as diverse, ranging from sweet to sour. But all olives actually start out the same: green.

Unripe olives are incredibly bitter and not edible. To become the tasty fruits you're more familiar with, they must have their bitterness, which is caused by a substance called oleuropin, removed. This is done through a variety of curing processes, as even simply cooking an olive is not enough to get rid of the bitterness.

Caraffa olives are pitted when they are green. They are then cured in a salt water brine. Once cured they are mixed in oil and spices creating what many people say are the best tasting olives in the world!

The Health Benefits of Olives

Traditionally cured olives, such as those found at most olive bars, offer a host of health benefits. For starters, they're rich in iron, vitamin E and copper, and are an excellent source of fiber. But what about all the fat?

It's true that olives do have some fat, but it's the incredibly healthy monounsaturated variety. Monounsaturated fats have been found to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

However, olives contain a triple whammy for your health that works in synergy to provide extreme benefits. Along with monounsaturated fats, olives are rich in vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that neutralizes damaging free radicals, along with polyphenols and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

It is the combination of these three health-boosting compounds that make olives:

  • Have a protective effect on cells that can lower the risk of damage and inflammation
  • Help reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help prevent heart disease
  • Help prevent colon cancer
  • Help prevent the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in women going though menopause

When choosing olives for their health benefits (and flavor) always opt for those that have been traditionally cured (as opposed to lye-processed). No matter what the variety, they're sure to add a burst of flavor and nutrition to any dish.

Caraffa Olives Nutritional Information

Caraffa Olives have no preservatives and low sodium.

Per 3 Olives (15g) / pour 3 olives (15g)
Calories / Calories 70
Fat / Lipides 7g 11%
Saturated / satures 0.5g 3%
+ Trans / trans 0g
Sodium / Soldium 105g 4%
Carbohydrate / Glucides 0g 0%
Protein / Proteines .02g

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