DÁFNI Kalamata olives are flavorful, all natural, and nutritious. Greek olives have been a basic component of the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years. Greeks are attracted to fresh, light, and nourishing food. They consider olives to be a necessary daily nutrient. Olives are low in calories, high in iron and calcium, and high in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. Kalamata olives contain amino acids and specific unsaturated fatty acids that are essential to human nutrition. Research in the U.S. and Europe show that mono-unsaturated fatty acids, present in olives, can help fight heart disease by lowering the level of LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”), and by maintaining intact HDL cholesterol, which is beneficial in decreasing the risk of clogged arteries. In fact, no other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of mono-unsaturated fat as olive oil. Seventy-five percent of the oil in an olive is oleic acid which is a mono-unsaturated fat.
Olives are a great choice for a low-calorie snack or recipe ingredient. They add flavor and variety with only 7 calories per extra large olive. One serving of olives (3) contains only 3% of recommended daily fat intake. Olives can help reduce symptoms of Lyme Disease, Athlete's Foot, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. They have anti-inflammatory properties and have been documented to reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Olives contain substances called polyphenols that are believed to help ward off cancer. Polyphenols give the olive its taste and aroma.