Olive oil. . .it does a body good! But are you buying real olive oil or fake? Because if you are consuming olive oil that’s not 100% olive oil, your body is likely suffering due to the imposter oils that are used as substitutes for the real thing.
You see, olive oil production in Italy has taken a mafia-like turn with oil producers using lower quality olive oils from other countries and labeling them as EVOO, and even using different cheaper oils like sunflower, soybean, or canola and then adding chlorophyl to make them green and adding artificial flavorings. Why would they do this? It all boils down to money. Lots more money can be made using the cheaper oils due to the huge demand for olive oil now because of all the known health benefits such as: being full of antioxidants, being heart-healthy, being anti-inflammatory, lowering LDL cholesterol and helping to prevent strokes, just to name a few.
We don’t know how long Italians have been scamming the public with fake olive oils, but we do know that 91 people in Italy were exposed as being involved in this type of fraud in 2008 during a huge police raid called Operation Golden Oil. And in 2015, another ring of olive oil fraudsters was busted in Puglia, Italy involving twelve companies who were using olive oils from Syria, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia, then bottling it and labeling it as being made in Italy. It turns out you can’t always trust what you read even on food labels. . .ahhh!!
Why are the imposter oils so bad for you, you ask? Well, if it’s soybean oil they’re using, you can bet it’s genetically modified since 94% of soybean crops in the United States are GMO, plus GM soybean oil has been shown to cause obesity, diabetes and fatty liver as well as being high in omega-6s which promote inflammation. Sunflower oil is also high in omega-6s, and as far as canola oil goes, 90% of crops in the US and Canada are genetically modified, and they use hexane to extract the oil from the rapeseeds. Hexane can’t be good to ingest, right?