"Not that I imagine you're getting a "serve" of olives...? They tend to be used sparingly to add flavour rather than eaten whole on their own as a snack."
Says who, Deb!?! I love me some kalamatta olives! I only eat 4-6 at a time, though usually, and I do like them mixed with things, but more than just as a garnish for sure. I would not count them as a fruit or a veggie, as others have said.
Nuts don't count (at least imho) as a fruit/veggie when counting how many fruit/veggie servings you've had in a day.
Personally, I wouldn't count olives as one of your 5-a-day fruits and vegetables. A few tablespoons of olives, like others have noted below, are a good source of healthy fat, but I think the fruits and vegetables are supposed to be things like oranges, salads, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, kale, etc, not fat sources.
Five regular pimiento olives are 30 calories. They're delicious and I could easily eat 15 of them, but that would be 150 calories, 990 mg. of sodium, zero fiber, and 7.5 grams of fat. That's not what we're talking about with fruits and vegetable servings.
Thanks, everyone! I was wondering because I have been eating low fat cream cheese with a couple tablespoons of green pimiento stuffed olives on a small plain Lender's bagel, which seems healthy, but I didn't know if I could include the olives with my 5-a-day count of fruit and vegetables. And now I know that I can!
1/25/13 11:44 A
I had never really thought about it. I guess I looked at them like a veggie but never counted them that way in terms of servings per day. I've learned something now!
They are a fruit... but I count them as a healthy fat in my head, like avocados when I'm trying to eat a balanced meal.
Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 1/25/2013 (18:40)
1/25/13 7:20 A
Nuts are NOT considered a fruit/vegetable. They have protein but also fat. Sort of a fatty protein food. Not a vegetable.
I think we really have to be careful about confusing the scientific/botanical definition of a food item, with the nutritional value of that food. For example, in this country, most of our sugar comes from sugar beets. That's a plant. But sugar is NOT a vegetable.
Olives...yes...fruit...Olives contain healthy monounsaturated FAT, which has been found to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis, increase good cholesterol, nourish, & hydrate you...a good choice for dieting.
Black olives are a great source of vitamin E, they have anti-inflammatory abilities & also promote digestive tract health..Have you ever stuffed them with Laughing Cow reduced fat cream cheese? It's a great snack...watch the portions.
Olives are DEFINITELY a fruit. They are the fruit of the olive tree. There is no room for doubt about this.
However, if you are classifying your food into different categories for dietary reasons, you should consider them a source of fat. 100 grams of olives have 12.7 grams of fat, but only 1.3 gram of carbs (1.0 of which is fiber), and 1.4 gram of protein.
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122 1/25/13 12:46 A
I snack on olives on occasion....just saying. Black olives are arguably my favorite single food on the planet. And who doesn't love a good tapenade? All that is is chopped olives and capers on crackers or toast. I can see lots of ways, at least for me, that I might get a "serving" out of olives if they were a "freggie".
Potatoes are vegetables, but a starch not a vegetable on your plate.
When you're asking whether something is a fruit, vegetable, berry, protein, or carb, the question becomes "to whom, and why?" If you're a scientist, olives are fruits, and all fruits are vegetables since "vegetable" really just means "edible plant matter". So apples and oranges? Vegetables. As well as fruits.
But on your plate, you have to ask yourself why you want to know? We treat tomatoes as vegetables even though they're not, so is the question "How do I eat this thing?" or "How many serves of what kind of food have I had?" And if it's the latter - it doesn't matter if it's fruit or vegie. You should have 5+ a day serves of "fruit and vegetables". Whether something is a fruit (which is a vegetable), or is a non-fruit vegetable, is pretty redundant. It's a "freggie" and that should be your goal.
Not that I imagine you're getting a "serve" of olives...? They tend to be used sparingly to add flavour rather than eaten whole on their own as a snack.
Nuts? Gonna blow your mind now - what nuts? Many nuts aren't - like the peanut. Once again - why do you want to know? What will you gain from the scientific knowledge or day to day usage knowledge as to whether that particular nut is a "nut" or a "legume" or a "vegetable"?
Personally, no I would not count nuts in the 5+ a day of "freggies". While they are plant matter, and all plant matter is "vegetables", the intention of 5+ a day is more about the vitamins and minerals available in coloured leafy, root, or ovarian fruits and vegies. Nuts tend to fulfil your protein space on your plate - get 5+ a day of freggies that aren't nuts. Nuts on top of that is just a bonus... :)
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