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Olive Oil Brands

Postby LG1 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:09 am

As I have switched my main fat source from sf to olive and avocado oil, it is so important that I use a quality oil. Yesterday I came across an article on FB that claimed 3 of the brands I use often were fake... this seemed fishy to me and upon further investigation it seems the story was also fake. There have been instances where the quality was way off but the story claimed the companies were adding cheaper oils like sunflower, vegetable etc.. so there was a fake story about fake olive oil spreading like a virus across the internet. This makes it difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Anyone have an olive oil they use that they are sure of it's quality and taste?
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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby KatieS » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:11 pm

Last year ABrain4Me recommended this Bariani California olive oil. It's now labelled organic & only CA grown. It seems thicker and tastier than others I've tried, but very reasonably priced at all our local groceries stores.

We have an Olive Connection store here for special occasion olive oils. In fact, I should bring some to which ever conference I can decide to attend.

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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby MarcR » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:37 pm

Last month ConsumerLab.com published a thorough evaluation of ten popular extra virgin olive oils. Enticed by the top marks for polyphenols and cost, I tried the Kirkland Signature Organic product. I have been using another highly rated product from California Olive Ranch, and I noticed the difference right away. The Kirkland oil is much more flavorful.

It's around $15 at Costco for a two liter jug. Amazon sells it for about $22, which is still a great price for such a fine-tasting bona fide EVOO.

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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby SusanJ » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:07 pm

I use California Olive Ranch EVOO for cooking and their Arbequina for salads and drizzling, which has that strong spicy tang associated with high polyphenols.

Good heads up Marc. I'll probably grab some Kirkland the next time I'm close to a Costco (the closest one is about 2 hours from my house).

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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby LG1 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:30 pm

Thank you all, this was a huge help. Now I have a variety to choose from and don't have to worry I'm consuming some random mix of oils or substandard product. Nice you have done all the research already!
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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby Julie G » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:51 am

Marc, I was unable to read the whole article as I don't subscribe to ConsumerLab. Can you tell us the specifics of the Kirkland brand?

FWIW, I order from Amphora Nueva in the Bay Area. They source the highest polyphenols, provide reliable chemical composition and harvest dates. Their highest polyphenol varieties aren't on their website. Call Nate Bradley directly for that information. He can also help you place your order: (925) 310-4681. The large 750mL bottles are $15 if you mention the ApoE4 discount. They also offer discounted shipping. If you get an associate other than Nate, mention their 3-2-1 discount to ensure that you’re getting the best price point.

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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby MarcR » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:13 pm

Kirkland Signature Organic polyphenol level was 369, peroxide was 5.08, and it scored well on the sensory tests, which were conducted by a single expert taster.

The CL review focused on popular products sold at grocery stores - I wouldn't expect the Kirkland product to match up to Amphora Nueva's best.

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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby NewRon » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:27 pm

Could somebody post a list of the various constituents that were assessed?

I'd like to see if the company that I get my olive oil from has had their oil assessed under similar headings.

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-basics/olive-oil-grades/olive-oil-lose-virginity/55397

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/phenolic-compounds-olive-oils-bought-california
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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby MarcR » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:04 pm

The link I included in post #2 above provides that information to non-subscribers.

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Re: Olive Oil Brands

Postby slacker » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:24 pm

Another olive oil expert is Tom Mueller who has a website, Truth in Olive Oil that you may find helpful as well.

http://www.extravirginity.com/

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