Olive oil is a food staple that has many health benefits for our hair, skin, and even our health. It is one of the healthiest oils in the planet, but unfortunately, it is one of the easiest to counterfeit. This is a real problem, especially if you always use olive oil in your dishes. You could be using the fake oil for years without you realizing it. As you may have guessed, you’re missing out a lot from its amazing flavor to its health benefits.
Why are There Fake Olive Oil Products?
The oil has garnered attention over the past years, especially because of the increase in popularity of the Mediterranean diet. There are many brands that offer fake olive oil, but consumers don’t know they’re consuming something that’s not real. There are two ways the oil is faked:
- Really fake: This usually has beta-carotene and a little chlorophyll, which are added to cheap vegetable oil.
- Heavily diluted: Using genuine olive oil, reduce it to half and add vegetable oils.
With such tricks, we should be a smart buyer. Here are ways to help you find the real stuff:
1. Stop focusing on brand claims.
When you look at the bottle of olive oil, you will read words, such as pure, natural, and light. There are even brands that use first pressed, first cold pressed, or just cold pressed. All these terms are unregulated, so they’re meaningless.
2. Always go for extra virgin olive oil.
There are fake extra virgin olive oil products, but compared to those that are called “pure olive oil” or simply “olive oil,” it is of better quality.
3. Find the harvest date.
It shouldn’t be more than a year old
4. Look at the tin or the glass bottle.
If it is dark tinted, go for this product. Avoid anything in a clear container, particularly the ones in a plastic container.
5. Look for an estate name.
The label should contain the name of the estate, particularly if the product is from a small company that claims to grow and press olives. It doesn’t matter if the name isn’t recognizable because the estate name is a sign of quality.
Consider the above-mentioned factors next time you buy olive oil. Don’t focus on the oil color, since it can vary widely depending on the type of olives used. Disregard if the label has “product of” as well, such as whether it is a product of Italy, Spain, or whichever place it may have come from. If you really want to know where it is manufactured, look at the estate name on the label.