Besides being delicious, black olives are a wonderful ingredient to many great dishes like puttanesca sauce, salads and, in its green version, even 007s "shaken; not stirred" martini. They are also a perfect healthy snack when you just need something to munch on with zero cooking or preparation needed. They are briny, fleshy, tangy and also...great for you!
So here are the top 5 benefits of eating black olives!
1. SKIN AND HAIR HEALTH
Black olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants which help nourish, hydrate and protect your skin and hair. They are rich in vitamin E which has been shown to protect skin from ultraviolet radiation, guarding against skin cancer and premature aging.
2. DIGESTIVE TRACT HEALTH
Frequently consuming vitamin E and the monounsaturated fats in black olives is associated with lower rates of colon cancer. These nutrients help prevent colon cancer by neutralizing free radicals. They also have a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. and help activate the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than any prescribed drug used to lower gallstone formation.
3. EYE HEALTH
Black olives are also rich in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is believed to be effective against cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other age-related ocular diseases. Having healthy amounts of Vitamin A helps your eyes distinguish between light and dark thereby bettering your night vision as well.
4. GREAT SOURCE OF IRON
Black olives are very high in iron which, in healthy amounts in your system allows red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body and supports your immune system. Lack of iron means that your tissues won't be able to get enough oxygen, and you may feel cold or weak and easily get sick if your immune system begins to suffer. Iron also plays a vital role in the production of energy and helps produce a nonessential amino acid important for the utilization of fat.
5. LOWER YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE
The high monounsaturated fat content of olives has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Need we say more? Eat more olives!