Medically reviewed by Barbie Cervoni, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN
Olives are small, oval fruits that grow on trees (Olea europaea). These trees are traditionally found in the Mediterranean basin—especially Spain, Italy, Morocco, Greece, and Turkey—but are also planted in areas like South America and California. Olives are naturally packed with healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as antioxidants like vitamin E, which help fight disease-causing free radical damage in the body.
Time and again, a Mediterranean-style diet has been proven to be among the best eating patterns for health and longevity. And it’s no coincidence that olives—as well as olive oil—are a hallmark of the healthy meal plan.
Health Benefits of Olives
Olives are loaded with good-for-you nutrients that support our cardiometabolic health, which includes factors that affect your heart, blood, and blood vessels. Here’s how the fruit keeps us well nourished.
They Support Heart Health
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