Did you know that Kalamata olives are one of the healthiest foods on Earth? Also known as black olives, Kalamata olives are native to Southern Greece.
This fruit has tons of nutritional benefits. They are high in sodium and rich in healthy fats. Although Kalamata olives are high in fat, they are rich in “healthy” fat also known as monounsaturated fat, with 2.7 grams of monounsaturated fat per 4-tablespoon serving. They are also an excellent source of fibre, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
Kalamata olives contain natural antioxidants called phenolic compounds that are also found in Greek olive oil. Phenolic compounds give olives their unique taste. As a strong antioxidant found in olives and olive oil, this compound protects your body from damage from environmental toxins.
Since olive oils and olive oil are a huge part of the Mediterranean diet, those who choose this diet are found to have lower incidences of heart disease and some cancers. Regularly consuming a diet of Kalamata olives may also help reduce incidences of chronic inflammation.
Kalamata olives are one of the best eating olives due to their plumpness and flavour. Include them to your diet by adding them to your salad, pizzas, or cheese platters. They are also perfect for making an olive tapenade. Check out our recipe here.