Olives are tasty. They are meaty and savory, and each one has only 10-15 calories. A standard serving is 4 or 5 olives, which keeps you in the 50 calorie range. Not bad.
The problem with olives is their high sodium content. Some brands have 200 to 300 milligrams in just 5 olives! That’s over 10% of the daily maximum recommendation for healthy adults, and 20% of the daily maximum for people over the age of 45 or with high blood pressure.
What’s an olive lover to do?
- When shopping, look at the nutrition facts label and try to choose olives with 150 mg of sodium or less.
- Portion off the number of olives you want to eat, onto your plate. Leave the olive jar in the fridge or kitchen counter.
- Shake off the salty brine from your olives, or better yet wash it off with tap water.
Are you an olive aficionado?