Is Your Olive Oil the Real Thing?

Olive oil is a must have for anyone who is serious about their health! It is the one product that you just can't (or shouldn't) live without! Using it in your meals instead of butter or other oils, makes it super easy to include in your diet!

The problem is that many of the oils that are sold today are not the real thing! If you don't know what to look for, you may have a hard time figuring out which products to buy!

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Is Your Olive Oil the Real Thing?

One thing many people fail to mention (when they're talking about the many benefits of using OO) is that you will not get as many of the numerous benefits from using it unless you learn to read labels! 'Cold Pressed' or 'Hard Cold Pressed' or 'First Cold Pressed' are words that should draw your attention. It can be listed any of these ways. (As seen in the picture above.)

This is usually hard to see on the label so you will need to look for it closely! The information is usually located on the top right hand side of the label or off to the side of the main label somewhere.

If you can’t find any of these words on the bottle’s label, then it’s not the real thing! Lite Extra Virgin Olive Oils are most often NOT cold pressed unless you buy them from a Health Food Store! And even then, you still have to read the labels.

I have read a lot of health and beauty information over the years (as you might imagine) and it still amazes me to read that no one's really urging you to use Lite Virgin Olive Oils but aren't talking about 'Cold Pressed'. This has changed somewhat in the past years but it's still not something you hear talked about THAT much.

Filippo Berio originally changed my mind about olive oils. If you've tried OO and don't like it, try it again. It's simply delicious to use in everything you cook and is so much more healthy for you. The health benefits are tremendous and you'll be doing yourself a favor by incorporating it in your daily meals!

For normal cooking, one 16 ounce bottle should last about 2 months, so it’s still really a good buy. You just gotta be willing to 'pay it forward'.

Authenticity and Benefits

Please read the update below about knock offs and food exploitation.

Olive Oil’s that are not labeled 'cold pressed' are produced in giant vats at processing plants that use preservatives and do not involve a natural cold pressing process. Unless the label says it’s cold pressed, its not. And if you're not using expeller-pressed oil, you aren't benefiting from using it.

OO is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. It's also a vital source of Vitamin E if you include it in your diet with consistency! Vitamin E helps sustain and improve the integrity of the skin and is essential! It also helps to lower the LDL cholesterol; the bad stuff.

Cold pressing is a very slow and natural way oil is cured. It helps retain the essential and beneficial elements found in the oil itself. It doesn’t cost much more to buy than the processed OO. And trust me, it's worth every penny!

Use extra virgin cold pressed in your cooking. You can even use it for frying. I love boneless chicken breasts, dredged in the oil and fried, along with garlic, salt, and pepper. You just have to use less of it, as it has a higher viscosity than other typical oils like canola, corn oil, or 'Lite' versions sand therefore takes doesn’t deep fry very well.

Olive oil is used lavishly in the Mediterranean diet. The people who live in the Mediterranean know it's many health benefits! If you need to lose weight, try the diet! You'll be far healthier as your body adjusts to getting beneficial fats. It's one of the few diet plans that this site actually recommends!

OO is also a good overnight moisturizer to use in your hair. It keeps the frizzy's away and helps restore moisture and luster to your hair. If you use it, you will need to shampoo and condition in the morning. Your hair maybe flat until you shampoo again but it will be silky and soft.

It has tremendous moisturizing qualities that also work well on the skin. I always apply some to my hands when I'm cooking with it to soothe the dry skin I get from washing so many dishes all the time! NEVER ends!

Using olive oil more frequently only makes sense. Substitute it for that fake butter in your cooking, dip your bread into it, and slather some on your hair or skin from time to time. Incorporate it where and when you can and you'll be all the better for having done it!

Is Your Olive Oil a Knock Off?

Someone recently contacted me about the authenticity of Filippo Berio oils. There was an investigation into the legitimacy of the oils produced and sold in the US. Many tested, were nothing more than cheap imitations with a low percentage and/or cheaper, refined versions of olive oil.

In 2010, there was a study that was done on the 'healthfulness' of the oils. Click here to read the results.)

Look specifically at the Table on Page 10. Now look at the DAG's. According to the information presented, the higher the number the better the oil. Also look at the FFA number. If it's low, its OK to use.

  • In the study, the *Extra Virgin Filippo Berio Olive Oil* did NOT fail the test.

  • Standards and brands that failed are listed in bold yellow.

    It's a real shame to see this happening. However the real tell tale is the taste. If you can't taste olives, then you may be getting ripped off.

    *In lieu of the information I read, I decided to switch oils, just to heir on the side of caution. I've been using California Olive Ranch cold pressed extra virgin OO recently and I must say, it's of good quality. I really like it! It has an authentic and good olive taste! Because it's NOT imported and Made in the USA, it may be a more dependable brand to purchase going forward. For me, its infuriating to have to always do research on food that should be trustworthy to begin with!!! What's happened to our country?

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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