Olive oil is the fat extracted from olives, it is part of the basics of Mediterranean cuisine for thousands of years. It is extremely beneficial for health, this oil is present on the market in different forms and different qualities. Some manufacturers market fake olive oils under the authentic label, so we must be vigilant about the authenticity of the oil purchased. In this article, we will reveal the different fake brands of olive oil available on the market …
First of all, what are the benefits of olive oil for health?
The high quality olive oil has excellent health benefits, its high fat content makes it the best friend of the heart.
Medicine has proven that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, strengthen bones and improve brain function.
Olive oil also cures anxiety and normalizes bowel movement.
Extra virgin olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that reduce the body’s fat metabolism and are beneficial for cardiovascular health. Olive oil contains no carbohydrates or proteins but is rich in vitamins K and E which are excellent for the skin.
What is extra virgin olive oil?
“Virgin” does not say much about the quality of the oil, this appointment does not confirm the purity of the oil. Everything is in the manufacturing process.
The experts have defined 4 qualities of virgin olive oil. The lower quality oil is only used in soap production and is not edible.
Extra virgin oil is considered the best quality, it has an excellent taste and a good smell. However, it is cold pressed, ie extracted by mechanical methods only, without the use of chemicals or heat.
In view of its reputation and its virtues for health, this oil has become indispensable in the shopping basket of households, the reason why some malicious manufacturers have decided to sell counterfeit products to increase their gain.
So a group of researchers from the University of California did some tests on brands in the United States labeled as “extra virgin oil,” and the results were terrifying! More than 70% of the products tested are fake.
So next time you choose a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, do it carefully. Keep in mind that the original oil and the fake have a similar taste. What is the best way to determine if the oil is wrong or not?
What is fake olive oil?
It is usually a mixture of pure olive oil and sunflower oil, in some countries it is a mixture of several oils. This fake oil can also be a combination of soybean oil and sunflower oil. Some brands of extra virgin oil contain chlorophyll and beta-carotene.
It is therefore important to read the labels of your extra virgin olive oil.
How to know if your olive is false?
Always cool the extra virgin oil. If the oil becomes thicker, it means that it contains more monounsaturated fats. This does not exclude the possibility of containing canola, sunflower or other oils. If your oil does not get thicker, you bought the fake oil.
Another test to do to recognize the real fake olive oil, try to light the oil lamp with. If the flame is maintained for a long time it is a 100% original product otherwise it is a fake.
Look for a certification!
Check the certification on the packaging of your product. The Australian Olive Association and the California Oil Council are extremely reliable. If you are more interested in Italian olive oil, look for the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) or Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) labels.
Some brands are advertised as good quality, whereas it is nothing but a fake product. The latest research has revealed this list of fake brands of olive oil:
And here are the best brands, the most authentic ones:
California Olive Ranch
McEvoy Ranch Organic