Believed or not, seven of the biggest olive oil producers in the U.S. mix their products with cheap oils in order to earn more money. To be exact, olive oil which we consider as the healthiest product and a remedy for longevity has been corrupted.
About 70 percent of olive oil sold in the U.S. stores is fake. They are usually mixed with cheaper oils like sunflower and canola oil. This is happening everywhere around the world. 85 oil farms add some percentage chlorophyll with canola and sunflower to the olive oil.
The oil was flavored, colored, mixed, and perfumed, and these things made the Australian government to examine their oils. The results were terrible. As a result, not one brand named extra virgin olive oil got the 2012 certificate of approval.
The University of California examined 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and found out that more than 70 percet of the samples did not pass the test.
THESE ARE THE BRANDS THAT FAILED THE TEST:
- Whole Foods
ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FOLLOWING BRANDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY:
- McEvoy Ranch Organic
- Corto Olive
- Bariani Olive Oil
- California Olive Ranch
- Cobram Estate
- Olea Estates
- Kirkland Organic
HOW TO TEST OLIVE OIL:
You can also test the olive oil you have in your kitchen. Put the bottle of olive oil in the fridge for 30 minutes, and if it starts to solidify, it means that the oil is pure, because it contains a large amount of monounsaturated fat.
But, if it does not solidify, it means that it is fake. Be careful and always choose oils with official governmental seals of approval on the label, like “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”