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Tassos Kalamata Greek Olives

Friday Food Talk

        Named after the city of Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese, Greece, this dark purple-black colored meaty fruit offers a scrumptious snack option. These olives have a distinctive taste and appearance and a dense nutritional content. 

            These pretty, almond shaped fruits, have a smooth, plump, shiny skin, that is fleshy and never mushy and a deep complex fruity taste, slightly smoky almost wine-like flavor. 

            They can make a good snack or addition to any dish for being low in calories and rich in heart-healthy fats without disrupting your wellness journey. Around 75% of the fat is high in oleic acid concentration, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acid that may take a permanent place in cardiovascular intensive care. 

            The Tassos Group recommends having this fruit “to really appreciate the true greatness of our Kalamata olives”, in certain conditions, like: 

            • Serve at room temperature. 
            • Add to almost any salad.  
            • Bake and cook for marvelous taste and texture. 

            Health rating and therapeutic health benefits

            NutriPledge rates the Tassos Kalamata Greek Olives dish as a Red dot in our food rating system (Food Coach). Here is what that rating entails. 

                  • The Good 

                • Low in Calories per serving 
                • A healthy balance of carbs, fat, and sodium per serving
                • No added sugars, food additives, artificial colors, or flavor 

                    • The Bad 

                        • Inadequate Protein 
                        • Inadequate Calcium 
                        • Inadequate Iron 
                        • Inadequate Vitamin D 
                        • Inadequate Potassium 


                  • The Ugly- Why We Rate it 'Red' 

                    • Low in Fiber 


                  Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendation: This food can be safely consumed as a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. But should be consumed with caution within its serving size and your daily caloric and nutrient needs. Overdoing it can easily cross your daily sodium, fat, and caloric limits while making you deficient in other nutrients your body needs. In general, you should eat foods high in protein, fiber, and other vitamins and rich in health-promoting vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, etc., and keep them low in added sugars, salt, and fats.  

                  *Current dietary guidelines for Americans suggest that people aged 2 and older should get 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories consumed.  

                  So, no one food is perfect, so you need to include foods from all food groups on a generally healthy diet (whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables, lean meats, eggs, fish, beans, legumes, lentils, and low-fat dairy) with minimally added sugar, fat, salt and other food additives. 

                  If you have a favorite packed dish, like the Tassos Kalamata Greek Olives, with a nutritional fact label in front of you that you want us to analyze and rate for its healthy and unhealthy qualities, then check out our Food Coach and get to know if your food is healthy or not. 

                  Disclaimer: We’d like to let you know that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe intake level for a single person. Please consult your healthcare provider and register for our Wellness Workshop to help you eat with intention, responsibility, and confidence to improve your overall health and wellness.