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Learn to Love Olives

I am a big fan of the Mediterranean diet, and not just because I love hummus. The med diet has been found to fight chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease, as well as stave off the effects of Alzheimer's.

Lucky for me, I love olives, central to this region's cuisine. Olives are technically fruits, making the oil technically olive juice, which is an oddly unappetizing thought to me so I will stick to calling it oil. This little fruit is healthy, just like the juice oil that comes from it. Due to their natural bitterness, olives, whether they are picked green and unripe or fully ripened and black, need to be fermented or cured to enhance their taste. Yep, olives are processed, but minimally. Soaked in salted brine, oil, or water mellows the olive, creating tasty and nutritious treats.

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Olives are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants. When eating a rainbow it can be difficult to incorporate dark foods into your diet. So when eating olives, go with the black ones; they're higher in antioxidants. It is said that these little flavor nuggets can help stave off wrinkling. I will eat to that! High in fiber, olives are also high in copper an important mineral for your blood, bones, and immune system. A half-cup of olives contains about 78 calories, not too bad. Do rinse your olives, especially if they are salt cured to decrease your sodium intake.

How do you feel about olives? Are they only for martinis in your world or do you try to figure out ways to add them to every meal? If so, Yum has olive recipes for you to try. Tell me how you feel about olives in the comment section below.

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audrina audrina 7 years
I'm a huge fan of olives. Any kind of them will do for me. I can't get enough of them. It must be the salt. I didn't realize all of the health benefits of them though. Thats good to know.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm not a huge fan, but I can tolerate the black ones. The green ones are just plain nasty though.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 7 years
I used to hate olives, but I got used to the green ones. I eat the black ones if they're are cooked or baked, too. A friend of mine always says, that she's not grown-up yet, because she doesn't like olives YET. I guess, she's right, it's often an acquired taste.
secrethoughts secrethoughts 7 years
Mmmm...I love the whole Mediterranean thing. Olives + cheese+ wine= yum! A nice tapenade is always good too.
stefsprl stefsprl 7 years
I am not a picky eater, but I absolutely cannot stand olives. Green or black.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
I only like the black olives the green ones taste too weird for me. If i have them in the house, i'll add them to lotsa different things and I usually get them on my pizza when we order.
Mesayme Mesayme 7 years
I love love love olives...I make olive spread(green and black) and eat it on a croissant with shredded lettuce and thinly sliced red onions, tomatoes and provolone cheese... now I'm starving!!
PinkySugar PinkySugar 7 years
I love me some Olives!
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
I love olives and Olive oil. It is so good for you and your skin.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 7 years
I love olives! And the hot new trend is olive bars - I love going and getting an assortment of tasty olives to snack on with some wine and friends!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
mmm olives! I love them too!!! :drool:
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
ugh - i still can't bring myself to like olives - and i don't know why. i'm usually soo willing to try things at least one time but olives - nope! i agree that you're saying some great things here but for myself - it's just not going to make any difference.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I love olive oil, but I just can't deal with olives. They're just too...I dunno, olive-y.
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