Sigh…..does it ever end. When big business realizes people are trying to do better and make better choices, they start taking advantage. I just read that there is a whole international network of fake olive oil producers, up to 70% of olive oil if I read correctly.
My main concern is that I take in olive oil every day, and I like to make sure those things I take in daily are high quality. The article which I will link to, says that some olive oil is mixed with canola. For me, that is scary!!!!! Canola is one of the worst things you can put into your body.
As I say over and over in this blog, the oils we consume wreak more havoc on our health than just about anything we take in, with perhaps the exception of artificial sweeteners and GMO foods. Olive oil and coconut oil are exceptions in that they are EXTREMELY healthy natural fats. That is, if it's actually real olive oil…………..
So here I go again. Gotta put in my work to verify a food I bring in is not fake. Does it ever end?
I didn't want to repeat the entire article in my blog, if you wanna read it, here is the link. Written by a very well established and knowledgeable blogger, The Food Renegade. With good tips on how to spot fake olive oil. To got the article click here.
If anyone knows for sure a brand of Olive Oil is authentic, please shoot me a comment below, I'm currently using Whole Foods 365 brand, but now I have to research and "vet" it's authenticity. I'll will keep my blog readers posted.
Note pertaining to "Whole Foods" comment above
In 2010, the University of California at Davis published an extensive report on the fraudulent labeling of extra virgin olive oil.
Several common brands sold in the U.S. were found to be adulterated with lower quality oils. These included:
Brands found to be accurately labeled as extra virgin olive oil include:
California Olive Ranch
McEvoy Ranch Organic
In the mean time, my approach is to look for Olive Oils with the Califorina Olive Oil Council seal shown here, I have researched it, and with this seal, I am comfortable with some assurance that that bottle is quality real olive oil.