The Mob Has Been Selling You Fake Olive Oil For Years.

OliveOilScamThat’s right.

The Mob has apparently made the transition from money laundering to selling all of us canola oil disguised as the far more healthier (and more valuable) option: olive oil.

All these years we’ve purchasing the ” healthy” cooking oil instead of the sludge used at McDonald’s  –   We’ve actually been buying the McDonald’s sludge all along  –  but at double, sometimes triple the price.

I have to admit.. this hurts. I’ve spent significant amounts of money buying olive oils.. We’re big advocates of the health benefits of Omega-3 rich olive oils. Surely all of that delicious olive oil couldn’t have been the same bland stuff that seeps out of those devilishly delicious golden fries?

Well, maybe not all of it – but many estimate at least half of it is.

The Great Olive Oil Scam

According to Tom Mueller’s new book “Extra Virginity“more than half of all olive oil is either completely composed of low quality canola and soy bean oils, or contain some percentage of actual olive oil then are debased with the aforementioned cheaper canola and soy alternatives.

An official investigation into the matter, reported on by the Telegraph here, came to the conclusion that four out of five bottles of olive oil are indeed at the very least debased with cheap alternative oils. Four out of five? I’d say it’s safe to say that just about everyone reading this has bought and eaten fake mob marketed olive oil.

I suppose we all Tom Mueller a virtual tip of the hat. I’m not certain I’d want to write a book exposing one of the mobs grand money making schemes.. After all, the Italian olive oil export industry is worth over 4 billion dollars. I once saw Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas cause major bodily harm for far less.. Before writing this blog post, I envisioned Tommy showing up on my door to personally “entice” me to delete it.

But Tommy should have thought of that before he replaced my delicious, fruity olive oil with overly refined oils from rancid olives deemed unfit for human consumption, and random nuts, seeds and vegetable oils  –  All cheaper and not just less healthy but unhealthy.

Why it Matters

Besides the obvious, of ripping off the entire U.S. economy to the tune of billions of dollars..

The main consequence here is that America collectively already has a ridiculously unhealthy bias towards Omega-6 heavy foods, and olive oil is great way to tilt the physiological scales back towards the Omega-3 side of the spectrum.. The side without as many of those extremely inconvenient inflammation related diseases that have been directly linked to inflated Omega-6 ratios in diet.

Having healthy, and properly balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fat ratios is one of the most important and foundational aspects of a truly healthy diet. Having access to the right fats in the right amounts is one of the very reasons that we fared so well in the lottery of evolution in the first place, and it’s importance hasn’t diminished in the process.

That’s what skyrocketed the demand for olive oil in the first place.. People were using it (sometimes in very liberal daily quantities) to reap the benefits of those Omega-3 fats.. attempting to move away from what has become commonplace: canola oil.

No such luck. Not only is it a case of ingesting the wrong types of food oils, but there has also been cases of olive oil having traces of other various chemicals and fillers.. and who know what else, really. If a supplier is willing to flat out sell fake product.. You have to assume that their quality control standards probably aren’t that high!

How To Buy Real Olive Oil

Truth is, people have been attempting to fake olive oil literally for hundreds of years.. I suppose, in this day and age, it certainly isn’t surprising to find out about another big international multi-million dollar scam.. And the fact remains that  real olive oil is still one of the healthiest things that you can add to your diet, and it’s versatile and delicious. You just have to go the extra step to make sure you’re not spending more money just to gradually become unhealthier.

One simple way is to just pay attention to the many olive oil shows and awards presentations that take place within the food and olive oil industry each year. Olive oil has a great community around it (besides the manufacturers and importers) and there are multiple sites like this one that will give you a bit of insight into which brands of olive oil are real and safe. A little research will go a long way when buying your olive oils.

After that, there really isn’t anything more than knowing what olive oil is supposed to taste like.  Unfortunately, it seems that a good portion of those reading this might not have any clue whatsoever what real olive oil tastes like.. Due to actual pure olive oil being slightly harder to get than most of us previously thought.

Now, that may not sound like very good advice.. “know what olive oil is supposed to taste like”… but it really is the best possible course of action. Just simply take the time to research one or two quality olive oils and you may even have to spend a few extra dollars than you normally would.. but real, pure olive oil has a very distinct and rich flavor. Onve you start paying closer attention to it, you’ll realize how different real olive oils taste compared to diluted corn oils.

If you have any tips about how to pick out olive oils or even want to suggest your favorite brands.. Be sure to chime in below in the comments.

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