Olive oil is well known for its health benefits. It is rich in omega-4 and 5 and also has a lot of vitamin K and E. It also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, it prevents diseases and protects LDL cholesterol from getting oxidized. It also reduces the chance of blood clotting and lowers blood pressure. It is a regular part of the Mediterranean diet. It will improve your health in a significant way.
It is essential that you buy the right kind of olive oil for your family. The stores contain many cheaper versions. These cheaper oils could either be extracted using chemicals or diluted with other oils. Therefore, one must always be careful.
THE PROCESS OF ADULTERATION
When Nicholar Blechman was studying the adulteration of olive oils, he found that most of the olive oil that was labeled as Italian, was not produced in Italy at all. It was made in Morocco, Tunisia and Spain.
The olives are taken to a mill to be cleansed, crushed and pressed. These olives are then sent to Italy. Even those shipments that contain soybean or any cheap oils are labeled as olive oil. Some of the places mix cheaper oils or vegetable oils with beta-carotene to the olive oil to disguise the flavor. Some of them even use chlorophyll to produce fake color of the oil. It is a matter of time before which the label on the bottle reads ‘extra virgin’ or ‘branded in Italy’ or ‘imported from Italy’ and sent to all parts of the world.
How do you know whether the olive oil you bought is the real one or not?
After a few tests were conducted, it was found that 69% of olive oil found in the market was not real. Out of the 186 brands studied, the following were found to be fake:
– Filippo Berio
Buying from a local producer Is one of the best ways of ensuring that you have bought the right oil. Local farmers that you know can be trusted. If you do not have such a local farmer, third party labels can be useful in identification. Any bottle labeled ‘all natural’ need not necessarily be so.
The real olive oils always mention the specific region they were produced in. so when you see a ‘made in Italy’ label, look for the name of the region. The California and Australian olive oil association have taken efforts to ensure that their products are real by having seals that read ‘PDO (protected designation of origin) or PGI (protected geographical indication).
The following is a list of olive oil put by Tom Muller, of brands that are not fake. They are:
– Corto Olive
– Cobram Estate
– California Olive Ranch
Source: David Wolfe
Original article: www.dietoflife.com
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