There are now over 60 different types or varieties of olives that exist in the world & available in the market, but the under-noted three types are the most popular.
(One serving of Kalamata olives is equivalent to approximately two olives)
Kalamata olives fruits are generally grown in the Mediterranean, hence they are often used specifically in Mediterranean-style dishes. Hereunder, are some better ways to use Kalamata olives in your diet.
Kalamata Olives are originally found in the Peloponnese peninsula in Southern Greece and have a diet of people thousands of years. This dark cherry-sized fruit has been used by Greeks for thousands of years not only for great taste but also for nutritional benefits.
The researchers say that Kalamata olives contain a significant amount of antioxidants phenol compounds like Oleic acid, squalene, Oleocanthal Tyro sol, Oleuropein, Gallic acid etc. which neutralize free radical damage & these radicals can cause heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases.
Kalamata Olives have a low glycemic index, they do not cause blood sugar and prevent the sudden release of carbohydrates into the blood. Hence these olives can help lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol level.
The research has shown that Oleocanthal an antioxidant present in Kalamata oil helps prevent the buildup of amyloid plaques in the branch which may be linked to the development of dementia. According to some other studies, people who eat Kalamata olives regularly on a Mediterranean diet are less likely to grow dementia and tend to live longer.
We have already described above, the Kalamata Olives contain an antioxidant called Oleuropein, shown to lower the risk of coronary heart disease. It may protect against damage of the heart muscle, called Adriamycin cardiotoxicity, and reduces the oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats in Kalamata olives, like Linoleic, alpha-linoleic, and oleic acid may help decrease cholesterol levels reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
The presence of an antioxidant namely Oleuropein in Kalamata olives, may protect the skin from Ultraviolet B and fight against free radical damage, and Vitamin E, which is found in Kalamata Olive oil can help keep the skin hydrated.
As narrated above, Kalamata olives are loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants, and flavonoid compounds, which provides shield the cells and cell membranes from free radicals and potentially reduce cancer risk. Moreover, the presence of an antioxidant namely Oleuropein in Kalamata Olives may also delay the viability of cancer cells.
Kalamata Olives have powerful antioxidants which help maintain Cholesterol levels, hence these factors may stop unwanted weight gain.