An integral part of the Mediterranean cuisine, olives belong to the family of Oleaceae. Botanically known as ‘Olea Europea’, they are cultivated in most countries of the Mediterranean coast. Whether its green or black, olives have become a part of most cuisines these days. Green olives are the ones picked just before they begin to ripe. Black ones are obtained when when they are at the peak of maturity, i.e, are fully ripened. Olive oil is the need of the hour for all the health experts. So, are you aware of the health benefits these yummy olives add to our food ? Let’s explore then !
1.Good For Digestion :
Olives are a rich source of fibers. High fiber content ensures perfect functioning of digestive system by allowing smooth bowel movement. Fibers restrict the release of hunger hormones, thereby preventing overeating. They also eliminate cholesterol from blood. So, next time if you upset your digestion process, a cup of olives will be there to save you!
2.Improves Skin :
Consumption of olives have shown to reduce signs of aging and other skin related issues. They also work as effective cleanser. Black olives contains fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamin E. This keeps the skin hydrated and nourished. Applying olive oil simply or with warm water, can reduce spots and leaves you with a healthy glowing skin. Instead of buying costly cosmetics, give this natural remedy a try!
3.Improves Heart Health :
Olives contain a fatty acid known as oleic acid which prevents atherosclerosis, strokes and other cardiovascular disorders. They remove bad cholesterol from blood stream and increase good cholesterol. Olives are rich in anti-oxidants, which act as anti-coagulant and prevent blood clot formation. All this together ensures the healthy working of cardiac system.
4.Prevents Cancer :
Olives contain an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory substance, ‘anthocyanin’ which has role is cancer prevention. They are rich in anti-oxidants, which defends the body against free radical formation. Free radicals convert healthy cells into cancerous one. So, consuming olives can prevent the formation of cancerous cells.
5. Improves Eye Health :
Olives are great source of vitamin A, which has direct role in eye health. Vitamin A allows the eye to distinguish nicely between dark and light and hence improves night vision. It also prevents cataract and other eye disorders.
6. Ensure Healthy Bones :
Olives contain calcium which increases bone growth. This leads to a decline in the rate of bone related disorders like osteoporosis. People residing in the Mediterranean region have found to have low bone loss. Hence, few olives every day can help you keep your bones healthy!
7. Anti-bacterial & Anti-inflammation Properties
Olives contain anti-oxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that the contents of olives reduce levels of important inflammatory markers and inhibit production of genes and proteins which cause inflammation.
Ways To Consume Olive
1.Olive Oil :
Naturally obtained from olives, it is a healthy substitute to regular oils. Olive oil is highly recommended by nutritionists across the globe. In India, it is known as ‘Jaitun ka tel”. Extra virgin olive oil is the best one, containing high content of anti-oxidants and bio-active compounds. Use it to stir fry veggies, meat, etc or as a dressing for salads.
2.Olive Pickle :
Olive pickles are super yummy and a bliss for foodies. Covered in mustard oil and delicious spices, this version of olives is a must try . Try our tasty variety of stuffed olive pickles. Enriched with the unique flavors of Rajgharana, this pickle will leave you spell bound.
We all have a pizza lover inside us. Delicious toppings, pizza sauce and lots of cheese, pizza is enjoyed by every person. Make your pizza healthy by chopping off some green or black olives and using it as toppings. You are surely going to love it!
Are you a pasta fan? If yes, then the best way to consume olives for you is this. Chop off some olives and add to your pasta recipe. Macaroni, penne or whatever you like, olives taste yummy with every pasta variety.
So, you want to keep it super healthy, free from frying or baking? Salads are your saviors. Chop off your favorite veggies and add some paneer/tofu cubes. Add chopped olives, few drops of olive oil and some lemon juice and salt. Tada! your salad is ready to eat.
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Eat Green(olives) , Eat Healthy!