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The 8 Health Benefits of Olives + Tips

  1. Although they are small, olives still contain a lot of nutritional value. It is therefore not surprising that olives played a major role in the diet of many traditional societies from around the world.

  1. Olives are of course particularly known for being used for the production of olive oil. But olives themselves offer a lot more health because of their rich content of vitamin E, antioxidants and the large amount of phytonutrients. However, that's by no means all these little fruits have to offer.

  1. In this article I am going to highlight the 8 best health benefits of olives and also give you tips on how to choose the best and tastiest olives in the store.

  1. Let's get started ...

1. Rich in antioxidants

  1. When there is oxidation in your body, you have a greater chance of many diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Olives are rich in antioxidants and are also rich in polyphenols. These substances have a powerful effect against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases, as well as anti-aging.

  1. In addition, olives are great for their ability to increase glutathione levels in the blood. Glutathione is an antioxidant with the ability to recycle antioxidants in the body. Olives are all high in antioxidants, although it does vary by variety. Antioxidants have an overarching effect in your body and are therefore very important in the prevention of diseases and of course in their treatment.

6. Olives - a natural probiotic

  1. An analysis of studies published in the Journal of Nutrition found that olives can increase the beneficial bacteria in your gut because of the phenolic compounds they contain. The bifidobacteria that multiply as a result not only produce vitamins that can be directly absorbed by the body, but also have an antibacterial effect. In this way, olives improve the health of your intestinal flora and thus, your own health. Because as you know, 70% of your immune system starts in your gut.

Finally ...

  1. Traditional cultures have praised the humble olive for its health benefits for thousands of years. Not surprisingly, because olives have some of the most potent anti-disease properties in the plant world.

  1. However, one of the reasons why olives are less popular, especially among young people, is because the taste often takes some getting used to. Actually, olives should therefore also be seen as a good wine, over time you will learn to appreciate the taste automatically.

  1. With the above tips you should also be able to select the tastiest ones. If the taste is too strong for you, go for the green olives first, because they have a milder taste.

  1. Olives contain many healthy fats and can therefore be eaten every day. Keep in mind that if you want to lose weight, you shouldn't eat more than a handful of olives a day, because they contain a lot of calories due to the high fat content.

  1. My favorite way to enjoy olives is in a salad. What are your favorite ways to consume these healthy fruits? Let me know in the comments!



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