Things to Do When Selecting a Good Olive Oil
In a popular study by a famous researcher noted that only a quarter of all people know how to grade olive oil and earlier studies indicate that many imported olive oils have odd flavors or they are rancid. This same study also noted that the term ‘refined’ that does not mean that the olive oil is of high class rather it means that the olive oil has been processed with solvents to eliminate odors and flavors which is done because the oils might have been processed from olives of lower quality. The process could also be done because it has been blended with low-grade oils that gush around the Mediterranean countries or the oil has been cut with other oils like sunflower or hazelnut.
The truth is that rancidity affects the human body negatively by creating free radicals and decreasing certain B vitamins and if the person is using olive oil for their health orally taking rancid olive oil will not produce the valuable anti-oxidants, viable polyphenols, and omega-3 fatty acids. Many clients consider buying pure olive oils that is a great perception from a marketing point but in essence, the oil is of lower grade and the best quality olive oil is referred to as extra virgin grade for olive oil.
There are methods to determine the quality of oil, and this begins by turning the bottle over and see where the oil was packed or produced and just because it has been packed in that country because oils come from all over the Mediterranean to other nations to be packaged there and that means a lot of traveling. It is a known fact that marketers have a way of impressing the consumer by even bragging that the oil has come from many countries, but an expert knows that the longer the time between harvest and processing the higher the likelihood the oil has of degrading.
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It is worth noting that the consumer needs to look at the harvest date because unlike wine olive oil is not meant to age and olive oil is good for a maximum of two years if stored in ideal conditions which includes being stored in a dark, room-temperature cupboard and if the bottle lacks a harvest dates the person may need to choose another bottle.
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The consumer needs to look for seals of approval and many olive oils in California are sent to the olive oil council for trained tasters and if the oil passes the test the oil producer is given permission to place the board seal on the oil on the back of the back of the bottle. This certification comes at a fee, and thus many fine California oils from small oil producers are never seen by the oil council because of the costs, but they have the harvest date.