Thursday, May 9, 2013

Is Your Olive Oil Really Olive Oil?

I'm still in shock as I write this so if I seem rather rummy, I am.  This news I read today really rocked my world and has my head spinning with questions of how I'm going to handle this situation.  I just found out that almost all of the olive sold in this country is not even real olive oil but rather a blend of other oils with minor traces of low quality olive  oil.  Can you believe it or did you already know?

How can this be?  I was upset enough when I found out that most of the honey sold in the supermarkets is nothing more than corn syrup, but this is even worse!  I mean, raw local honey isn't hard to get your hands on even if you live in the city.  You can purchase it at farmers markets, natural health stores, through co-ops and directly from beekeepers.  But who knows or lives near an olive oil farmer?  I don't know about you but I am tired of being duped and scammed and lied to!  Here is the link so you can read for yourself about the great olive oil hoax we've all been a victim of...

After reading this article how do you feel about olive oil?  Will you continue to purchase it in the grocery store or will you find a reputable source?  I use "olive oil" a lot in my cooking for its health benefits and in my herbal beauty products, so I depend on quality, which I believed I was getting with my expensive brand of organic extra virgin olive oil.  Now that I know better I will buy my olive oil from Mountain Rose Herbs, and you can too, simply by clicking on the banner on my home page.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue.  Will this change your oil buying habits or will you continue to purchase the same oil?  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!


amarilynh said...

Kelly, I learned this when taking a class in making bread from freshly milled grain at BreadBeckers, a local store where I buy all the products necessary for baking bread. They sell 'the real deal' in olive oil there, but also gave us a hint that if you DO have to buy it in a grocery, check to be sure that it is imported. Why? Because THAT Olive Oil is CHECKED to be sure its the real deal. Interesting, huh? I like to buy products made in the USA, but not olive oil.

Unknown said...

Yes, I have heard that the olive oil in the grocery store is either at best "poor" or at worst, rancid.

I've been purchasing grapeseed oil and avocado oil to use in salads and cooking. -- So yes, the knowledge HAS changed my buying habits.