Olive oil is considered to be one of the healthiest oils in the world. The Mediterranean diet is based on olive oil. This oil is packed with nutrients, which are extremely powerful and can improve our health. In order to enjoy the benefits of olive oil, we should use natural extra virgin olive oil. 

However, it seems to be the case that about 70% of olive oil in the USA markets are fake. In fact, it is cut with cheap bad oils like sunflower and canola. About 7 of the biggest olive oil producers in the USA mix the olive oil with cheap oils for the sake of profit.

There are many companies which failed to get approval and are fake, so you should avoid them, including:

  • Mezzetta
  • Carapelli
  • Pompeian
  • Primadonna
  • Mazola
  • Sasso
  • Colavita
  • Star
  • Antica Badia
  • Whole Foods
  • Safeway
  • Filippo Berio
  • Coricelli
  • Bertolli

Instead, you should be using the following brands:

  • Corto olive
  • Lucero
  • McEvoy Ranch Organic
  • Omaggio
  • California Olive Branch
  • Bariani Olive oil
  • Lucini
  • Ottavio
  • Olea Estates
  • Cobram Estate
  • Kirkland Organic

How to Tell if Your Olive Oil is Fake: the Fridge Test

The extra-virgin olive oil is comprised of mostly monounsaturated fats which solidify when cold. Hence, if you put real extra-virgin olive oil in the fridge, it should become thick and cloudy. So, put a bottle of olive oil in the fridge for 30 min. If the oil it gets solid, it means that it is pure. However, if the oil stays liquid, it means that the olive oil is fake.

Moreover, you can read the labels and look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, such as Australian Extra Virgin Certified and California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.

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