13. Boost Energy
You might have noticed after eating a fatty meal that you’re more tired than you would be if you ate say, a salad. That’s because the food we eat is like fuel for our body. It’s supposed to provide us with energy. According to MindBodyGreen, the best food to eat is the kind that increases our glutathione levels, like olives.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that olives can increase glutathione levels. “Glutathione is essential to energy production, so getting enough of the stuff can be the difference between a vibrant, active life and one that’s anything but,” says MindBodyGreen.
14. May Improve Blood Sugar
Olives are a great snack for diabetics because they can help improve blood sugar. Good Housekeeping says that a person can consume extra virgin olive oil two hours after a meal to help regulate their blood sugar levels.
Popping in a few olives can also help too because they contain polyphenols. “Research indicates diets high in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants may lessen the risk of type II diabetes,” writes the source.
15. Good for Digestion
You’ve probably heard that fiber is good for us because it helps things…move along so to speak. Well according to SF Gate, black olives are a great source of dietary fiber. The daily recommended amount of fiber is 38-grams for men and 25-grams for women. Luckily, a 100-gram serving of olives adds up to about 3-grams of dietary fiber, says the source. “Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, while insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool and promotes the movement of material through your digestive system.”
In addition to being loaded with fiber, most fermented foods (like olives) work to improve digestion and that’s because they contain this good bacteria. Since olives are fermented, they’re good for digestion!
SF Gate explains, “lactobacillus helps your stomach break down the foods you eat. It also helps absorption of nutrients and guards against hostile bacteria such as the types that cause diarrhea.” This bacteria is also good for weight loss because “the most nutrients your body can absorb from what you eat, the fewer calories left over to store as fat and the more fuel it has to process nutrients.” Lactobacillus helps us achieve our weight loss goals by giving us more energy and improves digestion at the same time!