What Makes Olives So Special?

Cravings are frequently linked to a lack of a specific nutrient, such as vitamin A, which olives are high in. Olive cravings could indicate a general desire for savoury foods.

Polyphenols, which are found in olives, have antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties. Olives also enhance the immune system, have a high protein-to-fat ratio, and are said to smooth the skin by stimulating the formation of stomach acid. They’re also high in monounsaturated fat and one of nature’s top sources of vitamin E.

While olives provide a variety of health benefits, consuming too many might cause stomach irritation or digestive problems, especially if you haven’t eaten anything else. Meats, cheeses, fermented and soy-based foods, and nutritional yeast are also good alternatives to olives.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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