Olives – Full of Fat and Flavour

The Botanical Kitchen

I used to hate olives.  The first time I had one was by accident at secondary school and I spat it out and hid it discretely under my pile of mashed potato.  I can’t remember why.  It was just a peculiar taste.  Nowadays I could not be more opposite.  I love them.  The fridge always has a few jars full as they really are one of the most perfect healthy snacks but also a fab ingredient in the kitchen for all sorts of dishes.

Full of healthy fat

Olives are one of the most cited botanicals in western literature.  They were as valued for their medicinal qualities in ancient times as they are now.  They are a concentrated source of fat.  80-85% of the calories they contain come from fat and three quarters of this is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid.  This has been associated by many in the know with a reduced…

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