Olive oil is very healthy as it contains healthy fats highly needed for proper cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, due to the high demand of this oil, 70% of olive oil sold in the U.S. stores is fake blended with cheaper, inferior oils like canola and sunflower oil.
Namely, it has been discovered that seven of the U.S. largest olive oil producers have been cutting their products with cheaper oils in order to cut on the cost of production.
This situation is very much similar to the one in Italy in 2008 where over 400 police officers participated in the capital crackdown known as “Operation Golden Oil.”
As a result of this operation 85 oil farms were closed because they added certain percentages of chlorophyll to sunflower and canola oil and sold it on the market as extra virgin olive oil. The so called “extra virgin oil” was mixed, colored, perfumed, and flavored.
Due to the findings of the Italian police, the Australian government opened also an investigation of their own olive oil market, and the results were devastating.
After thorough testing, not even one brand which was displayed as “extra virgin olive oils” were given the 2012 certification of a pure olive oil.
As a result of all that, the University of California was incited to study 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and found out that over 70% of the tested samples failed the test.
Here below are the brands that did not pass the test:
- Whole Foods
- Felippo Berio
- Antica Badia
These brands of oils are trustworthy:
- Cobram Estate
- Olea Estates
- Kirkland Organic
- Bariani Olive Oil
- California Olive Ranch
- McEvoy Ranch Organic
- Corto Olive
Test for the Trustworthiness of Olive Oil
In order to do this, you need to place the bottle of olive oil in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. If it begins to solidify, then this means that the oil is pure because it has in its content large amount of monounsaturated fat.
If it does not solidify, then it is fake. However, to be on the safe side always look for the official governmental seals of approval on the label, such as “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”
We have to make firm stand when food is concerned. We need to put an end to the support of the corrupt industry of chemical additives, GMO’s and unhealthy alternatives. Our health is our priority, and we shouldn’t be fooled with products that are supposed to be healthy, and above all we have to get what we are paying for, and to be fooled with fake products.
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