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Old 05-28-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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Turns out most olive oil is not olive oil at all

Hi everyone - I post mostly in Atkins 72, but am posting this here, because it's important, and most people don't know about it.

Most of the olive oil at the store is actually canola oil. I did a test, putting three bottles of olive oil I had in the fridge overnight, and they stayed completely liquid. Real olive oil will harden around the edges. I was shocked, because these beautiful bottles have official looking stamps on them, from Italy. All these years I've been using canola oil, which is why some olive oil is so cheap (but not all expensive oil is genuine). For the most part, I now buy as local as I can. Fortunately for me, olive is Texas' latest oil business!

For more information, including brands that are real, please google: truth in olive oil
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:09 AM   #2
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Yep, there was an interesting New Yorker article about this a few years back. I like to get my evoo from California - McEvoy Ranch or Lucero.

But, I had no idea that Texas was in the evoo making business.
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Sometimes they take a while to harden. When I put an olive-oil based vinagerette in the fridge, it's often still liquid for quite a while.
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To Esquala, Where do you buy the Texas Olive Oil?
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Thanks for the heads up. So frustrating that they can get away with this. Is the ingredient list just a lie?

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I just checked my salad dressings that I thought were good and they all had canola oil in them, not olive oil ...ugh and even though the label said 0g sugar, the ingredients said corn syrup. I think I need to back to making my own with olive oil, vinegar and blue cheese.

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Sometimes they take a while to harden. When I put an olive-oil based vinagerette in the fridge, it's often still liquid for quite a while.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:02 AM   #7
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To Esquala, Where do you buy the Texas Olive Oil?
HEB carries it. Kroger does not.

And werkinit - yes, the ingredient list (which is basically just one ingredient - olive oil), is a blatant lie. Apparently Italy doesn't have the strict labeling laws that the U.S. has. That may be in part due to Don Corleone, et al.

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I've been using California Olive Ranch brand and love it---- it's on the list of real olive oil, and many stores have it---- Publix and Wal-mart included.
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I've been using California Olive Ranch brand and love it---- it's on the list of real olive oil, and many stores have it---- Publix and Wal-mart included.
What list?
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Esquala,HEB for the Texas olive oil, can't wait to try. Thanks

Snowmop, I am on my second large bottle of California Olive Ranch oil and it is very good. I first bought it because it was the only one at Randalls, owned by Safeway that was made in the U.S. I just don't trust food from foreign countries. What really drives me crazy is that USDA is certifying organic produce grown in Mexico and Guatemala. I just can't trust that it is truly organic and besides, I like to support farmers and ranchers here in the US as much as I can by buying US grown/raised.
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll be checking out the article. Funny, I always thought foreign foods for the most part were better as they don't use gmo's and such. Learn something everyday!
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For more information, including brands that are real, please google: truth in olive oil
er. That list. will check it out.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:34 AM   #13
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I read a lot of information on that website, and did not get the impression that most so-called olive oil is actually canola oil. Where are you getting that?
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I found out about this a while ago on another LC site-that site published a list as well. I now use Trader Joe's California Estate. It was the easiest one to get, for me.

It's crazy that oil that is not olive oil can be packaged as olive oil and sold. I hate that!!
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I read about this issue some time ago, and the article I read listed 3 brands in the US that are guaranteed pure EVOO. I use one of those brands only--buy online.
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Thank you for posting this information; I am really shocked about it. It is good to know there are some accurately labelled olive oils I can trust to purchase from stores I am familiar with. I wonder what else we are eating or drinking that is falsely labelled?
It seems there is so much I still have to learn about every single thing I eat, especially now with just beginning to eat the low carb way. Every day I learn something new and helpful when I visit this board!
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Am I dense? I'm looking through that site and don't see anywhere where it says some olive oils are not olive oil?
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What list?
There was a list published in( I think) the original article about which olive oil tested as pure olive oil. After I read it, I started looking for the brands that were mentioned as pure olive oil. I think the original article was in the NYT, but I read it on a secondary site.
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Am I dense? I'm looking through that site and don't see anywhere where it says some olive oils are not olive oil?
Marvin, I didn't see that, either.
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"To carry on the activities of Truth in Olive Oil, I rely in part on funding from concerned individuals and corporations, in the olive oil industry and outside, who want to raise the bar on olive oil quality in North America, and are worried about the current low level of oils there."

I take any info with a grain of salt that's funded by certain brands, you know?
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I think he's saying that some brands are low quality, not that it's really canola oil. And I agree with Dottie that you have to follow the money.
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There's been many investigations of olive oil. The stuff that's imported is easily mixed with other cheap oils before it gets packaged in bottles for the US. market.
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There's nothing but 100% first cold-pressed olive oil in what I buy.
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I'm quite skeptical of these claims.
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It is a shame that olive oil manufacturers would to this. I read they usually add hazelnut or peanut oil. They don't have mentioned it on the bottle. I switched to California Ranch couple of years ago when I first read about it.
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"To carry on the activities of Truth in Olive Oil, I rely in part on funding from concerned individuals and corporations, in the olive oil industry and outside, who want to raise the bar on olive oil quality in North America, and are worried about the current low level of oils there."

I take any info with a grain of salt that's funded by certain brands, you know?

That's how I read it too. I read up on 'fraud" in the olive oil industry on several websites, and almost every one of them pointed to ONE particular brand, saying you should buy it, instead of the "fake stuff'.

Is there a good chance that most olive oils are diluted with other oils? Sure. But every story recommending one VERY high priced brand, is someone's idea of cheap marketing, in my opinion.
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I've been hearing this lately. Makes me glad that it has been a few years since I bought olive oil.
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I did see the recommendation for a certain brand of olive oil, but there's an extensive list of brands that have been tested and found pure as well.

As far as the canola oil - I have read that somewhere. I thought it was in the Truth In Olive Oil article, but maybe not (it's been awhile since I've read the article and other research I've done in the past).

For myself, I now buy local - that's what I took away from all of it. (And if I wasn't able to buy local, I'd buy one of the brands on the list.)
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Caution with fridge test

A google search of 'olive oil fridge test' shows an article from the Olive Oil Times that debunks the fridge test as a myth.

That said, I have no doubt that oil substitution takes place. Caveat emptor.
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Actually, this isn't the first time I've heard about there being issues with olive oil- particularly European brands. There was a news story here in Australia about the additives and the use of very old oils mixed in with new.

I do know that Australia has stringent guidelines for our olive oils. We now only buy Aussie made. I can say that there is a big taste difference.

Just thought I should mention, though, that the fridge test doesn't work with all olive oils. Some are just naturally 'lighter' than others, I believe.
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