Olives are a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, so they attract research attention on their healthy benefits. These include anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation, which are of interest to anybody looking to improve health, especially active fitness people. But, there might be more health benefits associated with eating olives such as improving body composition.
Antioxidant Food: Free radicals cause plastic to deteriorate, paint to fade, works of art to degrade. They can also cause age related illnesses and contribute to strokes, cancer and heart attacks.
Low Calorie : One olive only has about 7 calories. They have a ‘negative calorie load’, which means you burn more calories digesting an olive that you gain eating one.
Good Fat: Despite the common misperception, olives are not fattening. They contain mono-unsaturated fat, the same good fat you find in nuts and avocados. Mono-unsaturated fat in the diet increases good cholesterol.
Pain reduction : Olives oil contain oleocanthal, a substance with anti-inflammatory agents that can act as a natural Ibuprofen.
Appetite control: By eating a few olives before a meal, you can take the edge off your appetite. This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in healthy olives slow down the digestion process and stimulate the hormone cholecystokinin, which sends messages of fullness and satisfaction to the brain.