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Old 07-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Question Pickles and Olives

What are your thoughts on having dill pickles and black olives? Are they good to put into your diet, or should I steer clear of them? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Re: Pickles and Olives

As always, read labels.

A ripe olive is about as Paleo as it gets. A ripe olive packed in salt and preservatives, not so much.

Pickles inherently contain a pretty good amount of salt, and for that reason I'd suggest eating them in moderation. But there's nothing really objectionable in a traditional dill pickle recipe. On the other hand, lots of commercial pickles add all kinds of junk: preservatives, artificial flavors, you name it.

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Old 07-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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Re: Pickles and Olives

A few here and there will not kill you. If you plan on eating them all the time take Katherine's advice.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:08 AM   #4
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Re: Pickles and Olives

I have limited knowledge in this area but I'm sure pickles, olives etc are classed as fermented foods, so are beneficial for promoting healthy gut flora?

As others have said though, check labels for hidden nasties......
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:54 AM   #5
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Re: Pickles and Olives

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I have limited knowledge in this area but I'm sure pickles, olives etc are classed as fermented foods, so are beneficial for promoting healthy gut flora?.
There is some fermentation that goes on during pickling, but the two are different process. Pickling doesn't have the healthy bacteria that fermenting does, but I am going off memory here and could be incorrect.
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