Happy New Year! I hope you had a nice holiday season. This year, my husband Kirk and I made lemon olive oil to give as gifts. Wanting a high quality oil, we chose extra virgin olive oil from California for the base. So why California olive oil instead of Italian?
As I mentioned in a previous post on olives, much of the world’s olive oil has become adulterated, and the Italian Mafia may be involved…
‘Extra Virgin Olive Oils’ may contain other types of oil, artificial coloring and flavoring
According to the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, ‘extra virgin olive oils’ may actually contain other oils such as canola and soy oil, potentially with added artificial colorings and flavorings to make them look, taste, and smell like ‘real’ olive oil.
I received this book for Christmas, and am excited to start reading it. As Amazon’s review says, this book delves into “olive oil fraud—a story of globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient times to the present, and a powerful indictment of today’s lax protections against fake and even toxic food products in the United States.”
Is Your Olive Oil Fake?
It’s sad to think that we now have to double-check our olive oil brands to ensure they aren’t fake. TruthInOliveOil.com is a watchdog website where you can check olive oil brands for their authenticity. I was appalled to find many of the brands of ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ I’d bought in the past were possibly fake.
Please share this with your friends and family, the more people who are aware of what they are eating, the better.