How Healthy are Greek Olives?

Olives, usually Greek olives, are added to simple dishes to enhance its flavour. But did you know that it also adds a lot of vital nutrients as well?

Greek olives are very nutritious. Besides being high in sodium, they also contain healthy fats and antioxidants. People who consume olives on a daily basis also benefit from its anti-inflammatory benefits, and this is one of the reasons why pharmaceutical companies are looking at olives as a possible solution for allergy-related inflammation.

There is also another substance in olives called Hydroxytyrosol, which is known to prevent bone mass loss. This is probably the reason why it was also observed that those who consume Greek olives on a regular basis have a lesser risk of getting osteoporosis.

Greek olives are also a good source of essential nutrients. Four tablespoons of Greek olives contains 39 calories, 3.6 grams of fat and 1.1 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and vitamins A, C, E and K are also present in each serving. Greek olives are not only tasty – your body will also be able to greatly benefit from eating them.

Greek olives are specially prepared before it can be consumed, because they can be very bitter when consumed raw. The usual preparation method for olives is soaking them in water or weak brine for a week, and then preserved in either brine or wine vinegar as a marinade after. This method of preparation removes the bitter taste of the olive, thus making them more palatable. Greek olives bought from grocery stores are often marinated in either olive oil or vinegar to enhance their flavor.

Greek olives, once prepared properly, can be eaten by itself. They are usually prepared and added to dishes as well. An example where Greek olives are usually added is pizza, or consumed between meals – it is an excellent appetiser in combination with cheese platters.


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