With spring and summer we prefer the consumption of light, simple but nutritious products such as rice salads, cold pasta and mixed salads. We usually have picnic outside, we organize open-air aperitifs in the garden or on the terrace of our house. In preparing an aperitif or a snack with friends, the ingredient we immediately think of and that is never lacking are the olives.
But how many calories do olives have? Their nutritional value is particularly precious. Olives have very few calories, the average value for 30 g of green or black olives ranges from 50 to 60 kcal. Olives contain antioxidants (polyphenols, beta-carotene, vitamin E) and are a source of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, fiber, vegetable proteins and “good” fats (monounsaturated): http://www.madamaoliva.it/en/well-being/.
For who wish to deepen the subject more, Prof. Maurizio Servili of the “Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences” of the University of Perugia, has carried out some studies which shows that the fruit of the olive contains high concentrations of phenolic compounds and is a source of bioactive molecules (https://bit.ly/2r493o2).
Prof.Servili also claims that oil is a millennium fruit of unique and unrepeatable properties and compositional resources. (Source: https://bit.ly/2Fjc6Nr). In fact, we can think of bread and olives, a simple and historical food.
That’s why the olives are part of a healthy daily menu and perfectly match with all the appetizers and the fresh and light seasonal dishes.
Here for the preparation of your aperitifs with olives: http://www.fruttoditalia.it/en/recipes/aperitifs.