6 Peculiar Steps For Choosing A REAL Olive Oil (easy… but not obvious)
I want to make sure you have a guide for picking a REAL olive oil…one that’s not full of artificial ingredients that cause damage to your health.
Tip: I recommend you print this guide out as it will be hard to remember when you are shopping for an olive oil.
Now, the biggest problem you’ll have when buying olive oil from a store is that you won’t be able to sample it by tasting it, which is a very important part of the process.
It’s also a difficult step because you have to understand what real olive oil tastes like (most people have never tasted real olive oil).
The olive oil I use has a fruity taste to it, not like a strawberry, you’ll understand when you taste “real” olive oil.
Unfortunately, by the time most olive oil hits grocery store shelves, they are already rancid and turned bad because it took so long for them to get from production to grocery store shelf and also because they were left in the sun in a non dark container.
What’s worse…there is often no guarantees on this store-bought Olive Oil…because even the grocery store known for pure and organic stuff, “Whole Foods”, has been caught carrying fake olive oils!
How To Pick A Real Olive Oil
- Look for a single country of origin rather than having several countries listed. Also, always be wary of labels saying “packed in Italy”. You don’t want your Olive Oil just ‘packed’ in Italy, you want it actually grown and processed there too.
- Look at when the olive oil was made. Olive oil has a 1-3 year shelf-life, though I’d recommend staying under the 2 year mark to make sure your oil isn’t rancid.
- Look for “Extra Virgin” Olive Oil – this means the olive oil was produced by simply pressing out the oil, with no chemicals used. But be wary, there is no regulation on “Extra Virgin” so many of these oils contain vegetable oils, peroxide, and some have been heated enough to kill all the good nutrients in the bottle. Don’t even consider regular Olive Oil that is not labelled Extra Virgin. Just focus on “Extra Virgin”, and then try to verify after purchase that it tastes like real Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
- Look for oil in metal or dark glass containers. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) doesn’t play well with light or other types of containers (clear glass or plastic).
- Look at oil for more than just the price you see. More expensive doesn’t mean real and cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean fake either. The truth is, many “real” olive oil producers are being forced out of business by the cheap fake imports. So if you shop only by looking at price, you are likely to get fake olive oil. You have to know what to look for.
- Ignore colors. Pure olive oils vary on different colors so color is not something you should focus on.
There really shouldn’t be so many steps to choosing olive oil, but you know how it goes, the food companies care more about profits than our health, so we have to be extra careful these days…even with our Olive Oil selection. Wish it wasn’t that way.
To add insult to injury, there is still at least a 30-40% or higher chance the olive oil you pick will still not be 100% pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil even when you consider these 6 factors.
Hope this little guide helped you know how to improve the odds that you pick the REAL extra virgin olive oil.Articles Nutrition