Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

10 Health Benefits of Olives

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I LOVE Olives!

I think I am the only person in our family of 5 who eats them and that’s fine with me, because that just means more olive goodness for me to enjoy!

When most Americans think of olives, they think of the pimento-stuffed variety you put on a pickle plate or stuck on the end of a toothpick to garnish a martini. But there is sooooo much more to this wonderful food than you probably know!

I throw them on pizzas, in salads, on sandwiches and eat them as snacks. They’re delicious and good for you! After all, when you keep hearing about all of the benefits of olive oil, where do you think the olive oil is coming from?

The olive!

So, what are some of the benefits of eating olives?

1. Olives can eliminate extra cholesterol in the body.

2. Olives can help control blood pressure.

3. Olives are a great source of Vitamin E.

4. Olives act as an antioxidant, which protects cells.

5. Olives can help prevent blood clots.

6. Olives can help enhance fertility.

7. Olives are nutritious and rich in mineral content as sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and iodine.

8. Olives provide essential vitamins and amino acids.

9. Eating olives can improve the appearance of wrinkles by 20% since they contain oleic acid, which keeps skin soft and healthy.

10. By eating just 10 olives before a meal, you can reduce your appetite by up to 20%. This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olives slow down the digestion process and stimulate the hormone cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends messages of fullness to the brain.

And if those 10 reasons weren’t enough for you to start eating olives, how about this one: Olives are an aphrodisiac!

Want to know more about olives, visit the SA Olive Industry Association!

Here’s one of my favorite ways to eat olives … tapenade! Try it and you may fall in love with it just like I did!

Tapenade

1/2 pound of pitted mixed olives
1 clove of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of capers
2 fresh basil leaves, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Thoroughly rinse the olives in cool water. Place all ingredients in food processor. Process to combine, making sure to pause and scrape the sides of the bowl. You want a coarse paste consistency. Transfer to a bowl and serve with crackers or toasted bread rounds.

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