Olives: benefits and properties

The olives They are an extremely popular food, which over the years have become one of the staple foods of the Mediterranean diet , thanks above all to its nutritional wealth.

olives benefits

In fact they are indispensable foods within a balance diet , precisely because they are rich in essential fatty acids, in addition to vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

It is true that its caloric content is relatively high, although its contribution in calories will depend on the type of olive that will be consumed, since green olives provide a lower total of calories than black olives.

Its fat content is remarkable, given that 100 grams of olives provide about 25 grams of fat, but we must bear in mind that they are mainly unsaturated fatty acids .

Benefits of olives

Although their content in calories and fats could be considered as high, the truth is that they are ideal when it comes to lowering the levels of high cholesterol (especially the LDL cholesterol ), thanks to which they protect from the oxidation of bad cholesterol, avoiding its hardening and accumulation in the arteries. Therefore, they are ideal foods in the prevention / protection against cardiovascular diseases.

Being an appetizer food tend to favor or whet the appetite. Of course, they are also digestive, so their consumption promotes good digestion (as long as they are consumed in moderation).

They are especially rich in water, and in turn provide vitamins (such as vitamin A, E and B vitamins), as well as minerals (phosphorus, iodine, potassium, magnesium and calcium) and antioxidants.

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