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Green Vs Black olives?

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2006/07/10 11:53:11 (permalink)

Green Vs Black olives?

I do use olive oil in my diet, which is made from green olives. I quite like both colour olives, but have to make an effort to buying them as they are not a 'usual' item i go for.

Does anyone know if one is better than the other at yieldin good fats?

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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 12:52:05 (permalink)
    Not too sure about the fat contents etc, but have been told on many occasions to stay clear of black olives, and go with the green ones. Much more flavour IMO too. Most black olives are dyed that colour (apparently they use to use octopus ink back in the old days!)

    I have always found that in decent markets and food shops etc, the best olives are always green.
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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 13:43:15 (permalink)
    They are the same, black are just riper than green I beleive. I would have thought the fat content would be similar if not the same and it would be the flavour thats different.

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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 14:07:48 (permalink)
    found this

    What is the difference between green and black Olives?
    Unripe olives, which are pear shaped and green, will change to a dark purple and then black as they ripen and "fill" with oil. In Spanish this maturation process is called envero. Green table olives are picked and cured before they have ripened. They have very little oil, their flesh is firm and they have a sharp flavor. Black olives, which have been left on the trees and picked when they are fully ripe, are full of oil, have soft flesh and a mellower flavor.

    What are the health benefits of Olives?
    The olive contains important fats, vitamins, minerals, and proteins, and is rich in essential amino acids. Olives have no cholesterol, are high in monounsaturates, and low in polyunsaturates and saturated fatty acids making them one of the most healthful of all the fats and oils.



    http://www.psimports.net/CulinaryTour/Olives.html



    so very little diffrence you just need to eat more green ones to get the same amount of oil




    When the fruit begins to form on the tree it contains no oil just a mixture of acid and sugar. Gradually, as the fruit ripens, the acid and sugar turn into oil whilst at the same time changing colour from palest green, through rose and violet to deepest aubergine and finally black. Whilst olives can be picked at any stage, the degree of ripeness determines the taste and green olives are totally inedible without being cured.

    In their untreated state, green olives are very bitter and it is surprising that people ever discovered they were edible. Commercially produced olives are usually soaked in a soda solution to remove the bitter taste, they are then washed in clean water and finally packed in brine. This is the stage at which they are offered for sale. In the UK people tend to eat them as they are but in Mediterranean the olives are likely to be marinated using family recipes.

    http://www.olivesetal.co.uk/olive-expert/olives



    didnt know that maybe black are better?
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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 14:32:58 (permalink)
    Exellent post CK!

    So black olives should be better because they have more of the good 'oil' in them in contrat to the green ones. But what about Stegsie's comment about steering clear of them? maybe unfounded?


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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 14:44:39 (permalink)
    i never heard about use of octopus ink maybe its a "old wives tale"


    Calorie king shows a slight difference calorie/fats wise per 100g (although it is probably less aparent in the amounts you would eat each day)

    100g Green olive

    100g black olives
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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 14:57:46 (permalink)
    "Choleterol 0%" - Fantastic!

    That's the biggest problem with Avocados, they're loaded with the stuff!

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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 15:05:43 (permalink)
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    "Choleterol 0%" - Fantastic!

    That's the biggest problem with Avocados, they're loaded with the stuff!


    I dont think they are mate

    Facts about Olives-
    By Laura Cipullo, RD

    Ripe olives, when consumed moderately, are NOT high in calories! One medium black olive has only 5 Calories and a serving of olives (about 5-6) provides about 25 Calories. Medium sized ripe olives contain less than 2 grams of fat per serving; 70% of which is monounsaturated-the "right" fat. Since olives come from plants that are a fruit, they DO NOT contain cholesterol.

    http://www.nyp.org/nutrition/tips.html




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    RE: Green Vs Black olives? 2006/07/10 15:11:59 (permalink)
    Avocado cholesterol - Learn how avocado fat can lower cholesterol by 8 percent
    www.all-about-lowering-cholesterol.com/avocado-cholesterol-and-avocado-fat.html


    You're dead right CK. I've obviously picked that up from somewhere. I dont ever eat the things anyway, so never bothered to look in depth to them. Thanks for correcting me though mate.

    I DO know that Prawns are high in cholesterol, which is a shame as they are high in protein, and i love em!
    post edited by Magnitude - 2006/07/10 15:13:34

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