This is disturbing! 70% of Olive oil available in stores in the US has actually been cut with less expensive, nastier oils – meaning its fake!
There’s an enemy in the gates, it has been slowly infiltrating the olive oil market and corrupting one of the products that we all know is a healthy, sustainable option and one of Europe’s secrets to longevity. That’s right, seven of the biggest olive oil manufacturers within the USA have been cutting their products along with cheaper, inferior oils (such as sunflower oil or canola oil) in order to minimise the cost of production, however it has come at a huge cost to everyone who invests in this healthy alternative.
And this is not too different to 2008, when over 400 Italian police officers participated in a major crackdown called “Operation Golden Oil.” This resulted in the seizure of 85 oil facilities who were adding certain percentages of chlorophyll to sunflower and canola oil and selling it on as extra virgin olive oil. The particular oil is mixed, perfumed, colored and then flavoured before being sold to the producer as “extra virgin”. These busts prompted the Australian government to investigate their own olive oil marketplace, and indeed, after testing all of its brands “extra virgin olive oils?” in their laboratories, none were given the 2012 certification for being a 100 % pure olive oil.
All of these scams motivated the University of California to carry out studies on 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil, and they found that more than 70% of the samples failed the test.
The brands that failed the quality test:
- Antica Badia
- Felippo Berio
- Whole Foods
The guys 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
Aside from brands you can find simple tests you can do at home to check on whether your olive oil is natural or not. Place the bottle in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes and find out if the oil is starting to firm up. If it does then it is a good indicator that the oil contains a large amount of monounsaturated fat, which is exactly what extra virgin olive oil contains. If the oil doesn’t begin to show signs of solidification then its a good sign that the oil is fake. This is not a perfect test yet it is a good indicator in case you are unsure about the quality of your oil. You can also look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, for example “Australian Extra Virgin Certified?” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”We have really had the wool pulled over our eyes with this one and its time for you to make a stand and stop supporting this corrupt industry of chemical additives, GMOs and unhealthy alternatives. Hopefully this new action will decriminalise the olive oil industry around the world and restore it to being an honest trade, where an honest working person gets paid for what the other honest working people want to pay for…We’re paying for our Health after all.