The most widely-known benefit of olives is that it helps you lose weight. But, did you know that it can also lower your cholesterol and reduce inflammation, and that it’s good for your hair and skin?
Olives have numerous health benefits, so they’re loved by all. From Pepe in Asterix in Spain to pizza and salad lovers, olives are an all-time favourite topping. Though olives were imported and introduced to many parts of India, they have been long consumed in the north-eastern states of the country.
While in Assam olives are known as “jalphai,” in north India, they are referred to as “zaitun”. Olives provide a simple and healthy way of controlling one’s weight and now we will look at some ways in which Olives help us to control weight and healthy skin.
For example, let’s look at a simple value action between olives and potatoes as a snack – a single portion of green olives, say about 8 olives, has a mere 31 calories, and a similar serving of black olives, has 35 calories.
Compare this to potato chips, which have 151 calories for a serving of 30 grams – olives are the clear winner. So, eat them regularly for a year and you might just be 1-2 kg lighter!
Benefits of Olives
Be it green or black, you cannot go wrong with olives. Listed below are some amazing benefits of olives for overall health –
Skin, hair & nails
Olives are rich in Vitamins A and E and fatty acids. It can be applied to the skin directly. The linoleic acid and vitamin E present in olives and olive oil helps prevent and reduce wrinkles, offering you a glowing skin. This is one of the best benefits of olives for those looking for natural skincare!
People who eat olives experience fullness quickly post their meals due to the high levels of serotonin, a hormone which increases satiety, found in olives.
For a healthy heart
Olives are loaded with good fats MUFA (monounsaturated fat). So, a regular intake reduces the bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, and at the same time helps protect your heart.
Olives are a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food which can help prevent cancer by reducing chronic oxidative stress and inflammation, both being the key triggers leading to cancer.
Another amazing olives benefits is that its extracts function as anti-histamines at a cellular level. They block special kind of receptors called histamine (h1) to lessen the cell’s histamine response.
Loaded with iron
Olives helps increase iron in the body. Iron is an essential nutrient which helps increase one’s immunity. The red blood cell needs sufficient iron to fulfil their task of carrying oxygen throughout the human body. Iron deficiency may make one feel cold or weak.
High in Vitamin A
Vitamin A plays an important role in skin, eye and bone health. It helps increase the overall immunity. One cup of olives provides almost 10% of the daily recommended value. Now, isn’t that an amazing benefit of olives?
Reduces body pain
Due to the presence of a compound called oleocanthal, olives act as an excellent anti-inflammatory, almost mimicking the action of ibuprofen. This aids their ability to naturally reduce the pain due to any chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
Olives are rich in fibre, taking care of 20% of your daily requirement in just one cup! High-fibre ensures proper functioning of your digestive system and smooth bowel movement. Fibre also keeps you full for a long time, so you don’t overeat.
So, to avail all the benefits of olives, make sure to add them in your diet. You will not only keep certain health issues at bay, but also maintain good health for a long time.
How to consume olives?
You can simply toss them with some tomatoes in your pasta and sprinkle some spices and herbs. Alternatively, add some chopped olives in your chicken or vegetable sandwich and enjoy good health in a delicious way.
Try this recipe prepared using olive oil. It can be prepared in just 2 minutes!
How many olives to eat every day?
Olives are not very easy to digest and eating more than a few olives a day is not recommended. Sour and salty, olives are a quick and easy highly nutrient-dense snack. You would need to cure fresh olives to reduce their natural bitterness to make it edible.
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