So is there nothing sacred anymore? Can’t you go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant and enjoy an amazing dish with some olive oil as an ingredient? Apparently not. Those crusaders over at UC Davis Olive Center did a study evaluating olive oils served in restaurants. The study evaluated 21 samples sold to restaurants and food service sectors. 60% of the samples failed the USDA sensory standard. Some of the oils were so defective that they were classified, by the sensory panel, as “not fit for human consumption” under the USDA standard. This is pretty scary.
Some of the samples labeled extra virgin olive oil were adulterated with inexpensive canola oil. The most common sensory defect was rancid with a stale walnut, crayon and waxy taste. The sensory panel analysis even classified some defective oils as lamp oil. Yes, oil used to light lamps. Lamp oil? Seriously…lamp oil? So what do you do? I suggest you speak to the manager or chef of your favorite restaurant and ask where they get their extra virgin olive oil from. If they have nothing to hide they will be more than happy to help you. Or you can stay away from olive oil dishes when you eat out.
When I began to write this article, I became depressed. In a world where you already have to look at and investigate everything you put in your mouth, I foolishly believed that people would not use this kind of adulterated product on people. Anything from preservatives, GMOs and so on, please make sure you check everything that goes on your plate.
Eat as much fresh organic food as possible. Certified Organic foods and oils means no chemicals, preservatives or GMOs. That will solve many of the issues we discussed here. Enjoy good health, live and love.