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what's the deal with Olives?

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Created February 07, 2011 at 10:26 AM

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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45 · February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Salt has been vilified as causing high blood pressure and hypertension--but for every study that suggests causation, another fails to find even a correlation: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=its-time-to-end-the-war-on-salt

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8979 · February 02, 2012 at 2:54 PM

or, you can try your hand at curing them. There are many ways to do this.

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4883 · February 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Thanks for the checkmark. Judging from his recipes Cordain eats them too. :)

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1132 · February 07, 2011 at 8:19 PM

i'll have to learn to identify the Thassos olive tree

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39841 · February 07, 2011 at 7:30 PM

According to wikipedia: Freshly picked olive fruit is not palatable because it contains phenolic compounds and oleuropein, a glycoside which makes the fruit too bitter, although not unhealthy.[32] (One exception is the Thassos olive, which can be eaten fresh.

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1132 · February 07, 2011 at 11:56 AM

ah ok, thank you. I don't hold his position on salt anyway, not that I eat loads either. I think I will carry on eating olives.

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4883 · 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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1132 · February 07, 2011 at 11:56 AM

ah ok, thank you. I don't hold his position on salt anyway, not that I eat loads either. I think I will carry on eating olives.

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4883 · February 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Thanks for the checkmark. Judging from his recipes Cordain eats them too. :)

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45 · February 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Salt has been vilified as causing high blood pressure and hypertension--but for every study that suggests causation, another fails to find even a correlation: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=its-time-to-end-the-war-on-salt

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742 · February 07, 2011 at 7:18 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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39841 · February 07, 2011 at 7:30 PM

According to wikipedia: Freshly picked olive fruit is not palatable because it contains phenolic compounds and oleuropein, a glycoside which makes the fruit too bitter, although not unhealthy.[32] (One exception is the Thassos olive, which can be eaten fresh.

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1132 · February 07, 2011 at 8:19 PM

i'll have to learn to identify the Thassos olive tree

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8979 · February 02, 2012 at 2:54 PM

or, you can try your hand at curing them. There are many ways to do this.

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39841 · February 07, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Black olives are apparently high in acrylamides.

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