Olive trees stand as a symbol of peace and happiness, and studies are showing that the olive is also a symbol of health. Not only are olives packed with vitamin E, fiber and healthy fats, but they also supply your body with much needed calcium and iron. Even olives’ skin is beneficial; it contains acid that can destroy cancer causing cells in your colon. Additionally, the antioxidant properties of olives can slow the death of cells in the brain (helping prevent the likelihood of diseases like Alzheimer’s). 
Olives come in a variety of colors and flavors; have fun experimenting with all of the healthy varieties. To make a delicious tapenade that you can spread on bread or veggies, combine chopped olives with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice; stir and enjoy!
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