Olives are some of the most well-loved and versatile fruit (yes, they are fruit!) out there. Being used in oil, salads, as snacks, and even in drinks due to their unique flavour makes them extremely popular. Their flavour isn’t the only thing that good about them though, as they actually have many health benefits! Firstly, olives are rich in a type monounsaturated fatty acid called oleic acid. This acid can reduce the risk for heart disease and reduce inflammation in the body, and even help fight certain cancers. Olives are also very low in carbohydrates, and the carbohydrates that are present are fiber, which is good for the digestive system. Vitamin E and Iron are also two nutritional components in olives that are very beneficial. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, and Iron helps the red blood cells in our body. Eating olives can also improve circulation and strengthen your bones. Additionally, olives are fermented. This means that when eating olives, you are getting the benefits of eating fermented foods (learn about why that’s good for you in our article about fermentation!). Overall, olives provide great health benefits and are easy to incorporate into our everyday diet!
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