Top 5 Health Benefits of Olives

Health benefits of Olives. Why are olives so good for you? - The Sicilian Way

Health Benefits of Olives

The health benefits of Olives is such an interesting marvel. Let’s dive into the amazing world of Sicilian olives with us! The Olives we offer at The Sicilian Way are slightly different to most. Or well shall we say, a lot different. Healthier and better tasting. But also of single origin just like our Olive Oil. We love our Olives here at The Sicilian Way, its one of the reasons we where so desperate to bring them here to the UK from Sicily. But just like you, we really wanted to know just how healthy are olives?

What are Olives?

Olives are small fruit with a hard, inedible stone that are mostly grown across the Mediterranean, but also in California and other enriched soil and high-heat climates. They come in varying shades of green and black. The colour of the olive is depending on when they are picked – green being unripe and black, fully ripe.

Olives are typically high in salt due to the fact that they are cured or packaged in brine or salt water. Not ours! Our Euvlio Olives are packed in an airtight bag, and filled with a beautiful marinate of Olive oil, Chilli, Parsley, Oregano and a hint of Fennel. Here at The Sicilian Way, we don’t believe in Brine. So let’s see just how healthy are Olives.

Top 5 Health Benefits of adding Olives to your diet

Olives are a great Antioxidant food!

Welcome to the world of molecular matchmaking, where antioxidants are the ultimate wingmen to free radicals! Imagine free radicals as the rowdy singles of the molecular world, zipping around your body causing a ruckus by damaging cells, DNA, and proteins due to their unpaired electrons. They’re like the party crashers of your cellular functions, contributing to early aging and increasing the risk of diseases like strokes, cancer, and heart attacks.

But fear not! Antioxidants are here to save the day! Think of them as the cool, collected friends who know just how to calm down those hyperactive free radicals. They generously offer up their own electrons, neutralizing free radicals and preventing them from causing more damage. It’s like setting up the perfect blind date that ends in harmony rather than chaos.

So next time you hear about free radicals and antioxidants. Picture a lively dance of molecules where balance is restored, health is protected, and every electron finds its perfect pair. Let’s raise a glass (of antioxidant-rich juice, perhaps?) to these microscopic heroes keeping our bodies in check.

Olives are a great antioxidant which makes them a super-rich food. This means every time you eat them, they will release an incredible number of antioxidants to eradicate all of them pesky free radicals. Managing free radicals via intentional intake of antioxidants is a key part of healthy living and olives are a delicious way to do that.

Olives are super healthy for you!

Isn’t it amazing how some foods can be so flavourful yet not weigh heavily on your calorie count? Take olives, for instance. These little bites of savoury goodness are surprisingly low in calories, with most varieties averaging just about 7-10 calories each. But hold on, our Eulivo olives are a bit more special. Thanks to our unique marinating process, they pack about 13 calories per olive. But don’t let that number scare you! The energy you spend enjoying and digesting them might just put you in a calorie deficit. So, why not indulge in a bowl of our scrumptious olives for your evening snack? It’s guilt-free pleasure at its best!

Grab your beautiful bag of healthy Sicilian Olives! Or do you still need some convincing about their health properties? Here are 3 more amazing health facts about them!  pssst you can come right back for your incredible olives.

Olives are also Anti-inflammatory

Just like our Olive Oil, Olives are a great anti-inflammatory. As we know inflammation is a cause of so many diseases and unfortunately, there are too many foods that increase this risk. Our Olives and Olive oil helps to dramatically reduce this and is a key to anyone on a health kick!

Olives contain anti-inflammatory compounds called oleocanthal. This prevent the formation of inflammatory enzymes that could lead to diseases like arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Olives are just good for your heart!

Olives are just that one food that just keeps on giving. They contain heart-healthy fats that your heart will say thank you for!

The main fatty acid that you find in Olive Oil is a monounsaturated fat called Oleic acid. This makes us 73% of the total oil content. The remaining fat content in olives is 15% saturated fats and 11% is polyunsaturated. Meaning plenty of Omega 6 and Omega 5 fatty acids which is very good for you!

The monounsaturated fat found in olives is the same good fat you find in nuts and avocados. Mono-unsaturated fat in the diet increases good cholesterol. I’d say Olives are almost classed as a superfood in my eyes!

Olives also help prevent infections! Wait… seriously?

Many people do not know this fact unless you work at The Sicilian Way, then again, it’s just me Danny. Olives are absolutely excellent at supporting your immune system’s fight against infections. This is of any sort of infection whether it is bacterial, fungal, or viral in origin. Olives have been used culturally for this purpose for a long time. Including using olive leaves to manage topical wounds and infections. They even show potential in inhibiting the growth of the devastating bacteria MRSA- a strain resistant to many common prescription antibiotics.

Olives from The Sicilian Way

So how healthy are olives? Very! Now from reading this blog, I really hope you have gathered enough information from us to see the amazing health benefits Olives really gives you. Here at The Sicilian Way, we want you to feel good and enjoy the foods you are eating without any of the preservatives, or shall we say added properties that aren’t really good for you.

On that note, go grab a bag of our incredibly tasting olives and feel good about snacking!

Always remember if you need any more information about any of our products or us as a business, please just contact us.

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