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Is Your Olive Oil Authentic?

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Is Your Olive Oil Authentic?

Most of us are aware that Olive Oil is loaded with health benefits.  According to the Mayo Clinic, using 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day in place of other fats in your diet provides heart-healthy benefits.  You can sauté vegetables in it, add it to a marinade or mix it with vinegar as a salad dressing.  You can also use olive oil as a substitute for butter when basting meat or as a dip for bread. But are all olive oils the same?  Not according to Matteo Boggio Robutti, who, along with his wife, owns Azienda Agricola Pornanino, an olive...

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What Is the Difference Between Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olive Oil?

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What Is the Difference Between Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olive Oil?

Olive oil falls into two distinct categories: refined and unrefined. While unrefined oils are pure and untreated, refined oil is treated to remove flaws from the oil, making it more sellable.  Refined oils have little or no olive aroma, flavor, or color (what they have gets there via blending in few percent of an extra-virgin oil). They also have no bitterness. Extra-virgin olive oil is unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy.  There are very specific standards oil has to meet to receive the label "extra-virgin." Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains...

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