The Benefits of Olives

Olives can be a nice addition to your choices of snacks or added to a salad while contributing to your daily nutritional goals. Olives, whether green or black contain about 115 to 145 calories per 100 grams, or approximately 59 calories for 10 olives. They consist of 75-80% water, 11-15% fat, 4-6% carbs and a small amount of protein. Olives contain antioxidants that help prevent heart disease. The fat in olives contain fat but it’s healthy monosaturated fat, good fat, which has been shown to reduce the risk of altherosclerosis while increasing good cholesterol. Olives contain the micronutrients iron, copper, vitamin E, polyphenols and flavonoids, which are antioxidants that offer anti-inflammatory benefits. So, add some delicious olives to your weekly meal plan today.

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