Three days into the long weekend, we may have over indulged from the pickled fish to one to many Easter eggs and more. But as we slowly prepare to get back to normal there is some damage control that has to be done in the healthy eating front. So why not start with some olives. Olives South Africa shares top five health benefits of olives and why you should feel great about eating more olives every day.
1. Trust your gut
It can be easy to forget that olives are actually fermented food. Not only jam-packed with dietary fibre, olives are also rich in the gut-friendly bacteria called Lactobacillus. Adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your intestinal flora is important for maintaining digestive health and increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system.
2. Let it glow
The fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamin E and Vitamin in olives nourish and hydrate both the skin and hair. Vitamin E is the most potent of all the antioxidants in olives; it helps nourish your scalp and increase blood flow to it by aiding in the formation of new blood capillaries. Vitamin A balances the skin’s pH which is essential for healthy, supple, and younger-looking skin.
3. Feel it in your bones
Studies have established that antioxidants and anti-inflammatory micronutrients like polyphenols and oleocanthal in olives are essential in the prevention of bone disorders like osteoporosis, especially common in women and keeping arthritis at bay.
4. Sharpen your mind
Polyphenols are natural-occurring chemicals that are found in olives. These chemicals are proven to reduce stress in the brain which leads to a strong and sharper mind. And since the brain is largely made of fatty acids, the monounsaturated fatty acids along with the polyphenols in olives help preserve memory and even improve focus, therefore lowering the risk of memory related diseases.
5. Have heart
We hear you when you say “but olives are high in fat!” Yes they are but it’s the healthy monounsaturated kind, which is also found in nuts and avocados. These fats have been found to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis and increase good cholesterol. Eating olives in addition to more vegetables and fruits is a small positive change that will benefit your health for the long term.
Although olives are salty, containing about 60 mg of sodium per olive, you can reduce the saltiness of your olives by diluting the brine with plain water or rinsing them before consumption.