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What is the nutritional value of olives?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

With a total fat content of 15 to 35 percent, olives are a fine candidate for oil production. Olives and their oil are excellent sources of oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid. Olives also contain mixed tocopherols, which is why they are a good source of vitamin E (1.6 mg per tablespoon). Olives and their oil also have many unique phenolic and aromatic compounds, including oleuroprein and flavonoids.

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