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Erika’s Heart Healthy Tip – Olive You!

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OLIVE YOU!

Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean Diet and is well known for its heart health benefits. Did you know there are more than 500 varieties of olives? Their color – green, brown, purple – depends on the length of time the olives are left on the tree to ripen. Beyond olive oil, olives can be enjoyed in stews, salads, pasta dishes, and a few beverages.

Olives are a good source of monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E, fiber, and iron – all nutrients good for your heart!

However, since olives are cured, they are also high in sodium. If you have a history of high blood pressure, or have been told to follow a low sodium diet for any reason, eat olives in moderation and do not add additional salt to meals when cooking with them.

Enjoy!

Source: Today’s Dietitian, January 2020, Volume 22 No. 1

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