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what's the deal with Olives?

by 1112 · February 07, 2011 at 07:28 PM

I understand that these are a domesticated version of a once larger fruit; as are dates - I can understand avoiding dates, as they simply are too sweet. But Olives? Loren Cordain suggested they should be avoided to a certain extent - why?

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4544 · February 07, 2011 at 11:02 AM

...Olives? Loren Cordain suggested they should be avoided to a certain extent - why?

Cordain tells people to avoid olives because they are usually cured with salt and he thinks salt is unhealthy. However his book The Paleo Diet contains two recipes with olives. Both recipes tell the reader to rinse the olives to remove salt.

Reference: Cordain, Loren. (2002). The Paleo Diet. Pages 111, 143, 155.

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702 · February 07, 2011 at 07:18 PM

I thought it had something to do with the fact that they have to be processed. We have tons of olive trees here but you can't just pick them and eat them or you'll get sick. Or so I've been told. I personally haven't tried!

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39204 · February 07, 2011 at 07:28 PM

Black olives are apparently high in acrylamides.

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