Olives and olive oil are incredibly healthy food. They both contain large number of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, E, K, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all which are essential for good health. They also contain large amounts of monounsaturated fats, which lowers harmful LDL cholesterol, raises beneficial HDL cholesterol and prevents heart disease and stroke. In addition, they also contain anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory compounds which may protect against cancer and reduce pain from chronic inflammation in the body e.g. arthritis and gout. Consuming the olive fruit itself also provides the body significant amount of fiber, which promotes digestive tract health by helping to move food through the system at a healthier pace. With this many health benefits, its time to start using olive oil in your cooking and commence snacking on olives!