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FAKE OLIVE OIL IS LITERALLY EVERYWHERE! HOW TO KNOW WHETHER IT IS FAKE OR ORIGINAL OLIVE OIL?

Written By Admin on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 | 9:46:00 AM

Olive oil is part of the Mediterranean diet. People have cooked with olive oil for thousands of years. High-quality olive oil provides a wide range of health benefits, and its fatty acids are your heart’s best friends.



Medical experts agree that the Mediterranean diet plan can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This diet includes healthy portion of olive oil, which is good for those who try to lose weight, strengthen bones, and improve the brain function.
Olive oil treats anxiety, and normalizes the bowel movement. It is packed with phenolic acid which gives its acidic and bitter taste, and makes it good for your heart. Extra virgin olive oil contains monounsaturated fats which reduces the fatty tissue load to the system. Vitamins K and E are good for your skin. Olive oil contains no carbs and protein.

WHAT IS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL?

The term “virgin olive oil” does not explain the quality of the oil, and it doesn’t mean that it is added pure. The process of manufacturing is the difference.
There are 4 grades of virgin olive oil. The lowest quality is not good for consumption and it is used in soap making.
The additional virgin oil has the highest grade of olive oil. It is superior in taste and fragrance, and it is cold pressed. This type of olive oil is warmed on 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it comes to extra virgin oil, there are many olive oil brands on the market which are fake. The researchers at The University of California made some tests about the brand names in the United States which on their packaging have the tag “extra virgin oil”. The results showed that 70% of the offered extra virgin oil on the market in the United States is fake!
The next time you see the tag “extra virgin olive oil” you need to be very careful. So, here comes the question how to know if the olive oil is original or fake? The tastes between the fake and genuine oil are similar, so you need to find another way to differ them.

WHAT’S FAKE OLIVE OIL?

The fake olive oil consists a part of a pure olive oil and a part of sunflower oil. Also, it can be a mixture of many olive oils from different countries around the world. It can be a combo of soybean and some sunflower oil – non-Italian oil.
Also, some olive oil can be identified as an extra virgin oil which contains some additives of chlorophyll and beta carotene. So, you need to be very careful when checking the tags of an extra and pure virgin.
Even though there are many commercials which claim that they sell the healthiest olive oil, the truth is that actually, they sell fake olive oil. According to a recent research many popular brands such as Filippo Berio, Mezzetta, Bertolli, Mazzola, Whole meals, Colavita, Newman’s own and Star are selling fake olive oil.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR OLIVE IS FAKE?

When you buy “extra virgin olive oil” you need to cool it. If the olive oil strengthens it means that it has more mono-saturated fats in it, but still it can contain other oils including canola or sunflower oil. But, you will know that the oil is not extra virgin oil if it doesn’t strengthen at all.
The extra virgin is oil expected to keep the oil lamp flammable – this is another test which can be of great help, even though it is not 100% accurate. You will know that the oil is not an extra virgin olive oil if it doesn’t light the lamp for a longer time.
However, you can’t find the truth about your olive oil by these methods, so we recommend you to buy olive oil from neighborhood farmers. This is your best option as the olive oil from Italy is considered to be standard, in comparison to the olive oil from other countries.
Look for Certification
Check for 3rd party qualification on the packaging of your product. The Australian Olive Association and The California Olive oil Council have trustworthy seals. If you are more interested in Italian olive oil, look for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) or Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seals.

HERE IS A LIST OF FAKE OLIVE OIL BRANDS:

  • Pompeian
  • Bertolli
  • Carapelli
  • Foods
  • Colavita
  • Star
  • Berio
  • Mazzola
  • Newman’s Own
  • Mezzetta
  • Safeway
  • Whole Foods

AND THESE ARE THE GOOD GUYS:

  • Lucini
  • California Olive Ranch
  • Lucero (Ascolano)
  • McEvoy Ranch Organic
  • Kirkland Organic
  • Cobram Estate

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