It has recently been discovered that 7 of the biggest olive oil companies from the USA have been mixing their products with cheap oil, only so they can spend less and earn more. In other words, one of the most significant products for longevity has been corrupted with cheap ingredients.
Research has shown that 70% of olive oil sold in the U.S. stores is fake, as they contain cheap inferior oils such as sunflower oil or canola. The oil had been mixed, perfumed, colored and even flavoured only to resemble real olive oil, but this didn’t slide through as the Australian government noticed the changes and investigated the oils.
Not one brand named extra virgin olive oil had received the 2012 certificate of approval and these scams were eventually discovered by the University of California, when they took 124 imported brands of the oil and discovered that a whopping 70% of the samples didn’t past the test.
Down below is a list of the brands which failed the test:
- Antica Badia
- Whole Foods
- Felippo Berrio
Down below is a list of all the safe brands:
- Corto Olive
- McEvoy Ranch Organic
- Bariani Olive Oil
- California Olive Ranch
- Kirkland Organic
- Olea Estates
- Cobram Estate
How to test olive oil:
All you have to do to determine whether or not the olive oil you have at home is real or fake, is put the bottle in the fridge for half an hour. If the oil starts to solidify, it means that it is pure and it contains large amounts of monounsaturated fat.
If it doesn’t solidify, it means that it is fake.