Today's blog blows another misconception regarding the food products we depend on. This one involves an important product, extra virgin olive oil. If you are health conscious, you often buy "Extra Virgin Olive Oil". If it says cold pressed as it should, you probably put it into your cart without thinking. The Extra Virgin label is not all its cracked up to be on many bottles. So here is the cold hard truth, you don't want to hear.
#1 The terms "extra virgin" and 'cold pressed" are not regulated nor enforced in the United States.
#2 European "extra virgin" olive oil does require strict standards for the term "cold pressed". This means the oil was extracted at temperatures below 122 degrees.
#3 Most cold-pressed olive oils are also expeller-pressed, a heat controlled mechanical extraction method using low heat, rather than extracted by the use of chemicals. So cold-pressed is not entirely heat free processing.
Corn, soy and canola oils are processed with the chemical solvent, hexane. In this country, 90% of corn and soy are genetically modified, unless organic. So here are two reasons why you should not buy corn or soy oil, unless labeled organic.
Interestingly, when I called a chicken feed company to investigate the ingredients in their organic laying mash, I was shocked by his answer. He told me there is so much contamination of the organic crops by Monsanto crops, that his company would not guarantee their grains were organic. Roundup which is integrated into the GM seed, is now found in the water and ground areas surrounding the GM crops. Roundup is a weed killer.
Now you would think that oils from Europe then would be better quality with their rigorus standards? Right?
In 2012, UC Davis, along with the Australian Oils Research Laboratory, worked together on a research study to test extra virgin olive oil brands from Europe and California. Their testing results showed that 86% of imported olive oil brands failed tests showing oxidation, adulteration, or poor manufacturing methods.
They then tested 10 brands of olive oil grown and bottled in California. Nine out of the 10 brands passed the tests. California Olive Ranch, Corto Olive, Kirkland Organic sold by Cost Co, and McEvoy Ranch olive oil samples were several of the brands that passed.
Go to the link below to download the research study results.
So again, there is much misrepresentation in labels. You read labels but that does not guarantee anything really. It just makes us feel better.
By for now,
Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin