Typically in Italy, the first course of any traditional meal is a delicious antipasto. This course usually includes an array of meats like prosciutto and salami, cheeses, as well as marinated veggies such as artichokes, red peppers and the ultimate healthy fat – olives! Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Research suggests they are also full of heart health benefits and may protect against osteoporosis.
Olives also contain 74 percent of the monosaturated fat oleic acid, which studies show has been linked to decreasing inflammation and fighting cancer.
The olive is also a very low carb fruit, but about 4-6 percent of that carb content is actually fiber!
This is the perfect hearty dish for anyone following the keto lifestyle, as it’s filled with tons of protein and fat, leaving it to be a bit more substantial than your typical salad.