It’s estimated that around 70% of all the olive oil we have in the USA is fake and it’s replaced with the cheaper oils, like sunflower and canola oil. We’ve been writing about the benefits of olive oil in many of our articles, so it’s really a shame that we can’t get it easily.
7 Companies in the USA have been found to be cutting the olive oil products with the inferior oils we mentioned above. This way, their profit is increased, because the cost to produce their products is reduced.
In 2008 there was an operation in Italy where over 400 policemen have been involved in cracking down some oil farms, which was called “Operation Golden Oil.” There was a seizure of 85 oil farms, because they put chlorophyll to canola and sunflower oil and later sold it more expensive, labeling it extra virgin olive oil.
This oil was then mixed, colored, perfumes, and flavored. These facts made the Australian government open an investigation of their own olive oil market, and the findings were devastating indeed.
After the tests, none of the brands who were advertised to be “extra virgin olive oils” were given the 2012 certification for being a pure olive oil.
These scams made the University of California to study 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and discovered that more than 70% of the samples did not pass the test.
The brands that failed the test:
On the other hand, the following brands are trustworthy:
Bariani Olive Oil
McEvoy Ranch Organic
California Olive Ranch
You can also test the olive oil you have at your home by following the steps we’re about to show you. First, put the olive oil bottle in your refrigerator and let it stay there for 30 minutes. If the oil started solidifying, it’s not fake, because it has lots of monounsaturated fat in it.
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 if you are unsure about the quality of your oil. You can also look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, such as “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”