Olive oil entered the lives of Americans in the 1980s. From then on, the usage of this oil has soared in popularity. Off late the United States alone accounts for 80 million gallons of olive oil consumption. In this write up, let us know about some of the myths surrounding olive oil.
• Both extra virgin olive oil and non extra virgin olive oil are equally good
This is not true because anything other than extra virgin olive oil is just a heavily refined version of olive oil and only comprises of a small amount of extra virgin olive oil which just enhances the flavor and color of the oil.
• Consider oils that have “first cold pressing” on its label
This phrase does not hold good these days as the process is not carried out these days.
• You cannot cook with olive oil at high temperatures
People were of the opinion that olive oil is not suitable for cooking at higher temperatures. But nowadays many experts are saying that olive oil has a high polyphenolic content due to which the oil is extremely stable. Hence you can safely use the oil for deep frying food stuffs also.
• Storage of olive oil is not important
It is found that olive oil gets destroyed sooner if its kept close to the fire or in a bottle in a sunny place. For longevity, the oil should be stored in a cool and dark place.
• Olive oil can be considered good or bad by observing its color
This is purely a myth. Good quality olive oil can be of any color
• You don’t have to pay a hefty price for good olive oil
This is not true. It takes a lot of hard work to extract oil from olives. Hence the higher the price, better is the quality of olive oil.
• Do not go by the information on the label of olive oil
The labels on olive oil bottles carry a wealth of information. You can find out about its origin, free oleic acid content and other endorsements like PDO, DOP, DO and DOC which are certifications that speak about the quality of olive oil.
• You should know about the expiry dates
In case of olive oil one should check the harvest dates as they tend to be older than expiry dates in most of the cases
• Olive oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
Olive oil is very good for health because of its high anti oxidant levels. But when it comes to Omega – 3 fatty acids, the best source is fish and not olive oil.