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Your Health: Olives add potent nutrients to the diet
(NC) - Olives are the fruit of a tree called Olea europaea. Olea is the Latin word for 'oil' reflecting its ancient Mediterranean history and its high oil content. The oil, say nutritionists, is 75 percent oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that has been shown in numerous medical studies to help lower blood cholesterol.
The International Olive Oil Council also reminds us that olives are an excellent source of vitamin E, a nutrient known to be the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E is thought to chase down and neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in all the fat-rich areas of the body. Health Canada reminds us frequently that in moderation, the "good" fats like olive oil, are an important part of a healthy diet, so here are some creative ways to serve olive-based foods more frequently to friends and family:
Mix together beef strips, melted Olive Lea Spread, garlic and ginger. Heat 1 tablespoon extra Olive Lea Spread in wok or frying pan. Stir fry beef, in batches, for 2 - 3 minutes until browned but not cooked through. Remove from pan.
Heat remaining Olive Lea Spread, stir fry corn, capsicum and onion for 2 minutes. Shred bok choy into thin strips, including stems, add to pan and cook only until slightly wilted.
Return meat to pan with sauces to taste and toss together to heat through.
Prepare noodles as directed on packet, drain and serve with beef stir fry.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
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