Finding a High Quality Olive OilThere are several grades of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) produced from the natural extraction of the olive fruit, is the least processed of the olive oils. EVOO is rich in polyphenols that provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as onega-3s, flavonoids and vitamin E. The more refining olive oil undergoes, the more it loses these benefits, although it will always retain its high heart-healthy monounsaturated fat composition.
Here are some tips for finding a high quality olive oil.
· Visit stores that offer tastings and background information on olive oil quality. There are many flavor profiles among EVOO. By tasting, you can determine which EVOO has a flavor that you like.
· Do not rely on price. Good quality EVOO’s can be found at lower prices.
· Look for a label identifying production at a specific mill or country, not simply where the oil was bottled or packaged.
· Purchase oil as near the harvest date as possible.
· Choose a dark bottle. Age, heat and light are enemies of olive oil.
Enjoy EVOO in moderation. Buy an olive oil mister or measure by the teaspoon to apply only a small amount.