A quite disturbing truth related to the olive oils sold in the stores in the US is that they have been cut with cheaper, inferior oils like sunflower oil or canola oil, which indicates that they are totally fake!
One of the Europe’s secrets to longevity that we all know it is a healthy, beneficial option with numerous medical properties, but it turns out that 7 of the largest olive oil companies in US have been cutting their olive oil products with cheaper oils with a goal of reducing the cost of production and making a huge profit.
Nearly 85 oil farms, which were adding certain percentages of chlorophyll to sunflower and canola oil and then selling it on as extra virgin oil, were caught in a large crackdown called “Operation Golden Oil“ conducted by the Italian police in 2008. This oil was also mixed, perfumed, colored and flavored, and then is being sold to the producer as “extra virgin“. After a further investigation of their own olive oil, conducted by the Australian government, in their laboratories, none were given the 2012 certification for being Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
According to the studies conducted by the University of California, on 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil, it was discovered that more than 70% of the samples failed the test.
The brands that passed the test and can be trusted:
• Corto Olive
• Bariani Olive Oil
• Kirkland Organic
• Olea Estates
• McEvoy Ranch Organic
• Cobram Estate
• California Olive Ranch
If you want to make sure whether your olive oil is pure or not, there are tests you can do at your home.
Put the bottle in the fridge for about half an hour. A good indication that the oil is extra virgin is if it starts to solidify, which means that it contains a large amount of monosaturated fat. The fake oil will not start to solidify. If you are not sure about the quality of certain brands, look for those with official governmental seals of approval on the label like “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”
h/t: thescienceofeating.com/2017/04/14/fake-olive-oil-companies-revealed-stop-buying-brands-now/ ; riseforwar.com/2017/03/02/fake-olive-oil-companies-revealed-stop-buying-these-brands-now/