Dr Oz: 65% of Olive Oil is Fake!
Dr. Oz is uncovering the biggest supermarket lies that you need to hear about! The first case of counterfeit foods that he revealed was fish, including the most common species that are often replaced with cheaper versions so the vendor can save money. Do you eat sushi? You must see this see this warning before you place your next order!
Dr Oz: Counterfeit Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The next grocery store food fraud is with a product that is near and dear to Dr. Oz’s heart. That product is Extra Virgin Olive Oil and many experts believe that nearly 70% of EVOO sold worldwide is fake. Dan Flynn, from the U.S. Davis Olive Center, explained that Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the highest quality of olive oil because it comes from the juice of crushed olives and no heat, chemicals or solvents are used. Dan went on to clarify that the juice of an olive is a combination of water and oil, which are separated so the oil can be bottled.
Dan Flynn said a recent study done by his organization found that 65% of the most popular brands of imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil found at the grocery store did not meet the basic standards for extra virgin, even though that is how they were labeled. Shaun Kennedy added there are actually cases where ingredients are added to make oil “look” like extra virgin olive oil or it is different oil altogether that is in the bottle that is made to look the same as extra virgin olive oil. This revelation appalls and even angers Dr. Oz, especially since so many of us are spending more money to purchase a product that is beneficial to our health, but it might be something completely different.
Dr Oz: Fake Olive Oil More Profitable than Cocaine Trade
Dr. Oz was shocked when Shaun Kennedy revealed that the practice of producing fake olive oil is more profitable than selling cocaine, but the penalties are much less for a person selling fake olive oil, of course. Shaun said it all comes down to money and profit for many companies so they keep producing fake product and we are being duped at the grocery store.
Dr Oz: Avoid Fake Olive Oil
Dan Flynn offered a few tips to help you avoid getting fake extra virgin olive oil at the grocery store.
- Purchase in a dark glass bottle
- Keep away from light and heat
- Look for the harvest date on the bottle and purchase within 15 months of that date
- Look for a quality seal, like one from the California Olive Oil Council
- Check site of production because olive oil is often packed in one country, but produced in another.
Dr Oz: Olive Oil Refrigerator Test
Dr. Oz shared his personal test to see if your extra virgin olive oil is authentic. He says it works for his family and experts agree it is a good method. Place your bottle of extra virgin olive oil in the fridge. If it solidifies, or freezes, you have a pure ingredient. If it stays in a liquid state there is a good chance you do not have real extra virgin olive oil.