Beware-- Not all Olive Oil Comes From Olives!

The chances are the olive oil you use is not the real thing. For years now the olive oil industry has been able to get away legally with fooling the American consumers by selling oil labeled as EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), but is really olive oil heavily diluted with soybean, hazelnut, peanut, vegetable oil or even lampante (the poorest quality olive oil from olives that fell on the ground and has traditionally used for lamp oil.)

The problem is that imported olive oil, most of what this country consumes, is not high on the FDA's list for purity testing, and so lots of impure oil gets through.

For those trying to lose weight and for health reasons are avoiding other processed oils, this might be the reason why olive oil is not working for you.

If you or someone you know has allergies to peanut, soy or other oil, it is important to avoid most of the olive oil found in grocery stores, especially the more inexpensive stuff.

The best sources I've found do cost more (a good sign that they are real) but are worth the effort to get. I recommend looking for smaller domestic olive growers like those in Napa and Sonoma in California. The California Olive Olive Oil Council [COOC] certifies purity of oil produced in California.

Certification as organic can also be a sign of quality. If you can find imported oils with IOOC certification on the label, go for them.

Here are a few of my favorite brands:

For domestic olive oil at a good price try La Conda Ranch Olive Oil from the Olive Hut

For good imported olive oil try Barbera Frantoia EVOO from Gus Sclafani Corp.

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