Are Olives A Fruit?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Are olives a fruit? Olives are considered small fruits that grow on olive trees. They are high in Vitamin E, and they contain other high-powered antioxidants. Research studies show that they are good for the heart and can lower the risk of osteoporosis and cancer. In the Mediterranean region 90% of olives are used for olive oil.

Are olives a fruit? Photo credit: Istock- Marat Musabirov

Here are the Nutrition Facts of Olives:

  • Calories- 116
  • Protein-0.8 grams
  • Carbs- 6 grams
  • Sugar- 0 grams
  • Fiber- 1.6 grams
  • Fat- 0.9 grams- Saturated Fat-2.3 grams; Monounsaturated Fat-7.7 grams; Polyunsaturated Fat- 0.6 grams.

The oleic acid that is in olives is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, decrease inflammation and help reduce the risk of cancer. Some of the important vitamin and minerals in olive oil are Vitamin E, iron, copper, calcium, sodium, etc.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Iron is important for red blood cells to transport oxygen. Copper helps with reducing the risk of heart disease. Calcium is an important mineral that is good for bone, muscle, and nerve function.

Some of the other plant compounds that provide great antioxidants benefits are tyrosol, oleanolic acid, quercetin, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, etc.

There were some research studies that shown that the oleic acid in olives has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol levels. It has also been known to reduce blood pressure based off other research studies. Some of the plant compounds found in olives and olive oil have been shown to prevent bone loss in animals and test tube studies.

Observational studies have shown that following a Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of bone fractures. Olives and olive oil are consumed frequently in a Mediterranean diet.

The Bottom Line is olives are a fruit that is grown on olive trees. And there are tremendous health benefits to it such as reducing the risk of heart disease, reducing bad cholesterol levels, decrease inflammation, etc.

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