Light and Healthy: The Olive

 
 
 
 

Light and Healthy: The Olive

Light and Healthy: The Olive is among the healthiest foods in our salads at Solé SoupS. Olives, for example, are rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants1. They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits. Olives are related to mangos, cherries, peaches, pistachios, and almonds. The healthy fats in olives are extracted to make olive oil. Olives are often enjoyed in sandwiches, as tapenades, as well as in salads. In the Mediterranean region, 90% of all olives are used to make olive oil.

Nutritional facts about Olives:

Fat:

Olives contain 11–15% fat, 74% percent of which is oleic acid, a type of monounsaturated fatty acid. It is the main component of olive oil. Oleic acid is linked to several health benefits, including decreased inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease. It may even help fight cancer. Olives are also known to boost heart health, thanks to the oleic acid.

Health benefits:

Olives are a staple of the Mediterranean diet. They’re associated with many health benefits, especially for heart health and cancer prevention. Olives have been known to fight inflammation, as well as reduce microorganism growth. Some studies have also shown that olives can reduce high blood pressure as well.

Not only are they good for the heart, olives are good for the bones too. The rates of osteoporosis are lower in Mediterranean countries than in the rest of Europe, leading to speculation that olives might protect against this condition. Osteoporosis, or decreased bone mass or bone quality, can increase your risk of fractures. Cancer and chronic diseases are also lower in the Mediterranean region, making it possible that olives may even help fight cancer.

Although more research is necessary, olives still contain numerous health benefits and they go great on our Greek salad. If that’s not your thing, we also have a Chinese chicken salad, a caprese pasta salad, and a shrimp and mango salad. Come to one of our Solé SoupS Studios and sample them for yourself.

 

1 Source: Medical News Today

 
 
 
 
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