I Love…

Olives.

Don’t mind me. Just a random blog in hopes of writing more than just ONE blog post for the whole month of January! 🙂 I really do LOVE olives though. I always have – even when I was a young girl olives and sunflower seeds were my favorite! Maybe I just love salt? Either way, I began wondering if Olives were a healthy part of a diet. I also love french fries but I’m guessing Olives may be a bit better for me.

I did a random google search to find some of the benefits of eating olives on a regular basis. I’m guessing there may be SOME benefits since Olive oil is considered to be healthy and a big part of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

This is what I found:

“- Olives eliminate excess cholesterol in the blood.

Olives control blood pressure.

– Olives are a source of dietary fiber as an alternative to fruits and vegetables.

– Olives are a great source of Vitamin E

– Olives act as an antioxidant, protecting cells

– Olives reduce the effects of degenerative diseases like Alzheimers, benign and malignant tumours, including less serious varicose veins and cavities

– Olives help prevent blood clots that could lead to a myocardial infarction or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

– Olives protect cell membranes against diseases like cancer

– Olives are a great protection against anemia

– Olives enhances fertility and reproductive system

– Olives play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system, especially during oxidative stress and chronic viral diseases

– And just in case these benefits weren’t enough, they are also a great aphrodisiac.

– Olives are nutritious and rich in mineral content as sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and iodine

– Olives provide essential vitamins and amino acids.

– Olives contain oleic acid, which has beneficial properties to protect the heart. 

– Olives contain polyphenols, a natural chemical that reduce oxidative stress in the brain. So by eating a daily serving of olives helps improve your memory by up to 25%.

– Just one cup of olives is a great source of iron – 4.4mg.

– Eating olives can improve the appearance of wrinkles by 20% since they contain oleic acid, which keeps skin soft and healthy.

– By eating just 10 olives before a meal, you can reduce your appetite by up to 20%. This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olives slow down the digestion process and stimulate the hormone cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends messages of fullness to the brain.

– Not only does it do that, but it also helps your body to stimulate the production of adiponectin, a chemical that burns fat for up to five hours after ingestion. ” – http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-you/20-health-benefits-of-olives-20131218

I’m sure that’s not the proper way to reference a website but the take home message is, I didn’t find all those benefits on my own.

Anyway, Do you guys have any foods that you really enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle? I’ll write more later! Next month, I’m going to aim for ::gasps:: FOUR blog posts! Thanks for reading!

Be well,

TheMidnightBeauty

2 thoughts on “I Love…

  1. I found your blog via SparkPeople. It gave me a belly laugh 🙂

    Just a little ditty I that came to mind after reading your blog on olives.

    Do you know I potty trained my daughter using olives as her reward? Some kids like candy, some kids like stickers, but no, my little girl loved pickles and olives! I would pop one in her mouth as soon as she tinkled and her face would light up with glee. LOL. Pickles had a powerful influence on my sweetie-pie. It only took three days before she was dry all day! More mom’s should try the olive method for dedicated moms. And solve the world’s problems, too. Lol.

    Up with olives!

    So, now you have another good use for olives. Ha ha ha!

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