When you go to the grocery store to fill your cart with healthy, fresh, foods, do you want to know if what you're buying is actually a quality product, like it may claim?
'Cause I do.
However, I recently discovered after catching an episode of Dr. Oz (yes, THE Dr. Oz) that there is one product that is fooling almost everyone. He had an expert on the show that basically told me...
We're being duped into buying crappy quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
According to the expert he had on the show, over 80% of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) you buy isn't actually completely EVOO.
That's some bullshit right there, huh?
Apparently, there can be other (cheaper) types of oils, more ingredients, and fillers such as water, that they don't mention on the packaging.
So today, I want to share with you 3 super important things to look for on the label to help you decide how to spot a quality EVOO product.
So where do you start when buying a quality olive oil?
Why, the label of course!
You may grab a moderately-priced bottle of olive oil, and it has a label that looks like this:
Looks good, right? It says things like "100% pure" and "Packed in Italy."
Do you think it's a good product?
According to the experts, here's what you want to see on the label:
1. "Product of"
2. Harvest date
3. Expiration date within the year
Now, looking at the product I bought, do you see how there are a couple of "buyer beware" items on my label?
Boooo!! I don't think my EVOO is ideal.
Let's go a little more in-depth about what you want to see, and why.
Keep reading, or watch the video to get the gist of how to buy a quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
1. Look for "Product of"
This is a biggie. Many common oils that are a lower quality will say something like "Packed in Italy" on the label.
This may seem like it's a good quality product, however they may not be telling you the full story. "Packed in" could be a clever way of saying there is more than one country of origin involved in creating the oil - oils or ingredients from other countries.
Looking for an EVOO that tells you straight up that their oil is an actual product of one country is a better indicator of a quality oil.
2. You should find a harvest date on the bottle
If you don't know when your oil was harvested and bottled, how can you know if it's fresh?
Finding a harvest date on the actual bottle is maybe the most important determinant in spotting a good EVOO. Olives, just like any fresh fruit or vegetable, will only last so long in it's more natural states, so it's key to know when your oil was made.
Looking for a harvest date sometime in November or December is ideal, as the best time to harvest and produce olive oil in the northern hemisphere is the end of the year.
3. It shouldn't expire more than 1 year from the harvest date
As I mentioned above, if you consider olive oil to be similar to fruit and vegetable products, this will help you realize that your EVOO shouldn't stay fresh, or have an expiration date, further than one year out from the harvest date.
Even if a product doesn't have a harvest date, you can still select a bottle that will expire relatively soon:
SIDE NOTE: Once that bottle of EVOO is cracked, you have about 2-3 months of shelf life before your oil loses its potency. So use it up!
So now you won't waste your money on fake olive oil.
You may have to venture to some of the more selective, specialty stores to find the right extra virgin olive oil for you.
But if you want the health benefits, along with the right taste to go with your meals, it will be worth it.
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