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The Truth About Fluorinated Water

July 25, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 0 Comments

We’ve been drinking fluorinated water for more than seventy years now, but most people don’t know what health implications and danger come from the fluorinated water.

In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city in the world to add fluoride to their water; when studies showed that schoolchildren there had fewer cavities, other cities added fluoride to their water supplies.

It is believed that adding fluoride to our water supply is the reason for decreased amounts of tooth decay; but if that’s the case, then why is it that countries without added fluoride in their water show the same decrease in tooth decay?

Data from the US World Health Organization shows higher rates of oral decay in the US (about two-thirds the water supply is fluoridated) compared to other countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands (no fluoridation).

Many other studies show the exact same thing; fluoride in drinking water does not benefit anyone, it adds to the decline of our health.

*Source: KK Cheng et.al. BMJ 2007. There is not much difference in the decline of cavities in countries who add fluoride to the water and the countries who do not.

If fluoride being added to our water supply is so beneficial in treating the disease known as dental caries (cavities), why hasn’t the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved its use?

Fluoride is classified as an “unapproved drug” by the FDA.

There is no substantial proof that ingesting fluoride is beneficial to oral health; much of the dental force agrees that fluoride should be used topically for it to be beneficial.

How fluoride affects the body

There is an expression “Too much of a good thing” by Shakespeare; well fluoride is one of those things.

In 2006 fluoride was put on a list of neurotoxicants that are known to cause ‘Brain Drain’; this list includes things such as lead, arsenic, and mercury.

Some scientific investigating showed that fluoride is a neurotoxin that affects the development of your working memory, lowers the IQ of children, and is an endocrine disruptor.

It has been said that it is also a source of increase in ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and thyroid disease.

Fluoride can be vehement in bone which stimulates cell growth, changes structure of the tissues and weakens the skeleton.  Children are most affected by the overexposure of fluoride, known as dental fluorosis.

With fluoride being in so many things used daily (water, toothpaste, mouthwash) people are being overly exposed to this chemical or poison.

Pregnant women are unwittingly dosing their unborn babies with this poisonous drug, it can cross the placenta causing developmental issues with the baby.

If you feed your baby formula made with fluoridated water, you are exposing them to dangerously high amounts, up to 100 times what is considered safe, of fluoride without even realizing it.

A decade of studies, started in the 1960s, showed that dialysis patients are at a higher risk of having adverse effects from fluoride.

Exposure can cause fluoride to accumulate in the blood and bones which is a contributing factor of a bone disease called osteomalacia.

Grade of Fluoride used

Studies on the health effects of the drug Fluoride have been done on pharmaceutical grade fluoride but not on what is used by the majority of water authorities.

Most water authorities use hydrofluosilicic or hexafluorosilicic acid, which are just fancy words for toxic waste that is collected from the phosphate fertilizer industry.

These waste products “fluoride” they are putting in our water are most often contaminated with toxins like lead, arsenic, mercury, heavy metals and cadmium.

In 1983, Rebecca Hanmer, (Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water), a member of the Environmental Protection Agency, thought it was a good idea to add this by-product to our water supply, saying that it would benefit the environment by minimizing air and water pollution and offer a low-cost source to water utility companies; most people would question adding industrial toxic waste to the water supply provided to humans, animals and our environment.

No Choice

People have the right to choose what they put in their bodies, but they didn’t take a vote to see if the people wanted to add fluoride to the water supply and they sure didn’t give an option of which type would be added.

It took 53 years before anyone would finally listen to the people saying fluoride should not be added to the water because of the negative effects, but they are finally willing to “take a look” at the issue.

The government and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are aware of the situation and their response is to lower the amount of fluoride added to water and test children after ten years to see if rates of dental fluorosis are improving.

There is nobody tracking the side effects of fluoride and even worse, there’s not a way to keep track of how much you are getting.

When a doctor prescribes medication, they must take in to account the age, height, weight and need for heath purposes; so why is this not taken into consideration with fluoride being added to our water?

Fluoride is not a necessary chemical needed in the human body, yet it is being forced upon us.

Besides fluoride, there are more than thousands of toxic chemicals in many of the food and products you eat or use every day and they can increase your risk of diseases and even the big C.

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How Phthalates Leach Into Your Food

July 21, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 2 Comments

Phthalates is a chemical that is commonly found in building materials and plastics—

The type of stuff you’d find in a home improvement store, however, research has shown that this toxic chemical can also be found in common foods that we eat including frozen dinners, meats, cheeses, and fast foods.

It isn’t the food themselves that contain phthalates, it is through the manufacturing process that they are exposed to the chemical which then leaches into our foods.

Foods that we consume can become contaminated with phthalates while being produced, handled, and packaged in factories as these chemicals can be found on conveyor belts, vinyl gloves, food packaging, and PVC tubing then transferred onto our foods through contact.

Fast Food and Phthalates 

Last year, there was a study conducted by George Washington University that linked phthalates to fast food consumption. The study was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

The University gathered data over an eight year span from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The data used for the study contained 8,877 participants who completed a diet survey and provided a urine sample.

They found that participants who ate fast food the day prior to providing a urine sample had significantly higher levels of phthalates in their urine than those who did not eat fast food the day prior.

As a result, they concluded that fast foods likely contain more phthalates than other types of foods.

This could be because fast foods are very processed and also handled frequently by various types of equipment in the manufacturing process which can contain the chemical.

Fast food also comes into frequent contact with handlers wearing gloves containing phthalates which can then be transferred into our foods.

Phthalates Found in Macaroni and Cheese 

Recent studies have pointed at dairy products as having the greatest amount of phthalates which has led to a research that tested 30 varieties of cheese products for the chemical.

The types of cheeses tested included block cheese, processed cheese slices, powdered cheese found in macaroni and cheese, and string, shredded, and cottage cheeses made naturally.

Of all the varieties of cheeses tested, it was the powdered cheese from macaroni and cheese boxes that contained the highest concentration of phthalates.

They were found to have four times the amount of phthalates than the natural cheeses that were tested.

Phthalates in Other Foods

Other common foods that contain the chemical are meats like fish and chicken. Studies have found chicken to have the highest levels of phthalates in comparison to other meats.

It’s no surprise then, that eggs also have high concentrations of this chemical.

Foods that are processed or high in fat are another common source of this chemical because phthalates bind well with fat and is often found in the packaging materials for processed foods.

What are the Health Problems Associated with Phthalates?

Numerous studies have been conducted on this chemical and the effects it has on our bodies. It was found that there are several health problems that were linked to eating foods containing phthalates.

The most common problems include hormonal related issues in both males and females although there is more evidence to support problems among males.

The chemical is known to interfere with the male hormone testosterone which can ultimately lead to low sperm counts, damage to the sperm, testicular cancer, and fertility issues. It can also affect infant males who can be born with genital birth defects.

For women, phthalates can interfere with the hormone estrogen which may lead to a hormonal imbalance, problems with reproduction, and ovulation.

Because the chemical is known to cause hormonal issues, it is especially harmful to women who are pregnant and young children. Exposure to this chemical can lead to problems with development for the fetuses or young children.

Phthalates have also been found to lead to behavioral issues and learning problems among children.

Additionally, the chemical has been linked to asthma, diabetes, a low IQ, cancer, obesity, autism, allergies, and ADHD.

How to Protect Ourselves from this Chemical

Because phthalates does not have an odor or color, it cannot be detected without laboratory testing. So, here are some tips that can help you stay away from this dangerous chemical:

Avoid packaged or canned foods whenever possible,especially foods that are packaged in plastic since this typically contains the highest concentration of phthalates. Opt to buy fresh fruits and vegetables over canned ones. Choose to buy meats and deli meats at the deli counter where it is often wrapped in paper rather than plastic.

Avoid using plastic containers or bottles. Since phthalates are most commonly found in plastics, it is best to store foods and beverages in glass, stainless steel, wood, porcelain, or ceramic. If you must use plastic containers, be sure not to microwave foods in it as higher temperatures means a higher likelihood of the chemical getting into your food. This is also important for baby bottles and sippy cups.

Avoid buying products containing the chemical. When purchasing drinks, try to buy ones that are in glass bottles rather than plastic. Milk is a good example for this as it is often sold in plastic bottles, but you can usually buy them in glass bottles from local suppliers.

If you are unsure whether or not a container or water bottle is safe to use, the easiest way to tell is by looking at the bottom of the product where you will find a number inside the recycling symbol.

Products with the numbers 3, 6, and 7 contain the chemical phthalate. To avoid this chemical, buy products that have a 1, 2, 4, or 5 in the recycling symbol.

Choose organic over conventional food items as phthalates can be found in herbicides and pesticides that are used to grow non-organic foods.

Avoid fatty, processed, and fast foods. Research shows that foods high in fat like oils, milk, meats, and butter tend to have higher levels of the chemical.

Processed foods also have a higher likelihood of becoming contaminated with phthalates through the manufacturing process.

Additionally, studies have shown that those who eat fast food have higher levels of phthalate in their urine than those who do not.

Find an alternative to plastic sandwich bags. You can follow all the steps above, but if you are storing your fresh and organic foods in plastic sandwich bags then there is still a chance of consuming this chemical in your foods.

Consider storing snacks and other food items in glass containers instead or opt to use an alternative to sandwich bags like biodegradable bags or reusable cloth pouches.

Nowadays there are several companies that make reusable bags or pouches made from cotton to hold your foods.

The best part is, they are washable which makes it easy to use over and over again.

It’s not only best for your health, but also good for the environment.

In fact, there are more than thousands of toxic chemicals in many of the food and products you eat or use every day and they can increase your risk of diseases and even the big C.

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Do Your Clothes Contain Toxic Chemicals?

July 16, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 4 Comments

Some might wonder how the simple act of wearing clothing with chemicals can negatively affect us if we aren’t consuming it into our bodies.

Well, our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and can be considered our first line of defense.

Our skin can absorb the chemicals found in clothing material similar to the way it would with a transdermal patch such as a birth control patch, a patch to help quit smoking, or a fentanyl patch used to relieve pain.

For this reason, we should treat what goes onto our skins similarly to the way we would with foods that we consume.

When it comes to our health, we are constantly worrying about what we are eating and whether or not we are being active enough.

We’ve been told our whole lives from health classes in school and from our doctors that a healthy diet and exercise regimen equals a healthy body.

If that is the case, why then, are there people out there who follow these practices, but still suffer from health issues?

Greenpeace International, which is an environmental organization, conducted a study that found many toxic chemicals in the materials of our clothing which we buy from many of our favorite retail stores.

These stores include Levi’s, H&M, Calvin Klein, Nike, Abercrombie & Fitch, and more.

The study involved conducting laboratory testing on articles of clothing from popular stores for toxic chemicals.

 

Toxic Chemicals and the Effects it has on our Health

The most common chemical found in clothing that is known to have harmful effects on our bodies is nonylphenol ethoxylates which is commonly referred to as NPEs.

This was found in two thirds of the clothing samples that were examined by Greenpeace International.

NPEs can increase the chance of breast cancer and cause irritations to our skin, lungs, eyes, and digestive system.

Additionally, it can cause birth defects, infertility, and disrupt hormones which could lead to early puberty in children.

Another very common chemical found in clothing is formaldehyde which is used as a finish for clothing that are advertised as being anti-wrinkle, iron-free, waterproof, or stain-resistant.

Many known organizations such as The International Agency for Research on Cancer, The National Toxicology Program Agency, and The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States considers this chemical to be a carcinogen which is defined in the dictionary as a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.

It is also known to cause headaches or skin irritations such as eczema, contact dermatitis, and rashes. Other chemicals found include azo dyes which release a chemical called aromatic amines.

This is a chemical that could cause cancer and developmental problems.

Additionally, it can cause allergic reactions or skin irritations such as contact dermatitis.

Toxic phthalates is another chemical found in many clothing articles and has also been linked to issues with development and fertility.

Many of the toxic chemicals found in clothing are known to be so harmful that they are banned from clothing production in the United States and in countries within the European Union, however, the majority of the clothing we buy from our favorite stores are made in other countries where this is not regulated.

The majority of clothing production are made in third world countries usually in Asia where regulations are lax.

 

How Are These Chemicals Getting Into Our Clothing?

There are a few different ways that these chemicals are getting into the clothing we wear.

The most common source being the coloring dye process as the dye is often made from synthetic chemicals rather than natural resources.

Another common way chemicals are getting into our clothing is through the fabric treatment process.

This includes clothing that are labeled as wrinkle-free, iron-free, or stain-resistant as these types of clothing typically contain a lot more formaldehyde than other types of clothing.

Lastly, these chemicals can get into our clothing from the beginning stages of the manufacturing process where they are used in the cotton crops.

 

Chemicals in our Laundry Detergents

We might think that we could avoid being exposed to these chemicals by washing our clothes, but it turns out this could make it even worse as many of the popular brands of detergents, fabric softeners, and scented dryer sheets including Tide and Gain contain chemicals that can cause cancer and damage to the liver.

For example, studies have shown the popular brand of Tide to have a chemical called 1,4-Dioxane in which the Environmental Protection Agency considers to be a carcinogen.

Additionally, many detergents have a cleaning chemical called quaternium-15 which releases formaldehyde.

 

How does it affect our Environment?

Not only are using these laundry products allowing more chemicals into our clothing, but it is also polluting the air with its fumes when we dry our clothes which is harmful to our environment.

Additionally, washing clothes with chemicals such as NPEs will in turn get released into our water treatment facilities.
This can be very toxic to fish and other aquatic animals.

Subsequently, we can end up consuming more chemicals from eating seafood. It’s a vicious cycle that affects us in many different ways.

 

Ways to Protect Ourselves

So what can we do about it? It’s not like we can just start walking around naked.

The good news, is that there are steps we can take to either avoid wearing clothes with these chemicals or to lessen the effects these chemicals can have on our body when wearing these clothes.

The only sure and most effective way to avoid having these chemicals in your clothing is to buy natural and organic clothing that are made without the use of toxic chemicals or pesticides.

Instead of buying clothing with synthetic fiber such as nylon, acrylic, rayon, or polyester, it is best to look for clothes that are made of natural fibers such as cotton, hemp, wool, linen, silk, and cashmere.

Additionally, we can buy clothes that are made in the United States or European Union as the most toxic chemicals are regulated in the production of clothing, however, clothing from these places can still have other chemicals that can be irritating on the skin, especially for those that have sensitive skin.

 

Other steps we can take to reduce the effects of these chemicals include:
– Washing new clothes prior to wearing them
– Using laundry detergents that are fragrance free and made from natural, plant based ingredients
Avoiding purchasing clothes that have a chemical smell
– Avoiding purchasing clothes that are advertised as being stain-resistant, iron-free, wrinkle-free, shrink proof, or waterproof.

 

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Do Pringles Cause Cancer?

July 11, 2017 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

“Once you pop, the fun don’t stop!” is a widely known catch phrase that Pringles popularized in an effort to make it’s “potato” chips easily distinguishable from others, along with their unique shape, large variety of flavors and recognizable tube packaging.

With its melt-in-your-mouth texture and addictive taste, Pringles are one of those snacks that are difficult to put down once you start eating them making them a treat that should be given a second thought before being consumed.

What is it about Pringles that makes one crave them?

Having been carefully designed to keep the consumer returning for more, Pringles ingredients are satisfying, but also harmful.

 

Pringles Ingredients

According to the Pringles’ website, the ingredients in Pringles Original are dried potatoes, vegetable oil (one or more of corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil and/or sunflower oil), rice flour, wheat starch, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, salt, and dextrose.

Other flavors will have additional ingredients depending on the specific flavor profile.

While it is the first ingredient listed, potatoes only comprise about 42% of the content in these “potato” chips.

In fact, Proctor & Gamble, the company who owns Pringles, argued in court that Pringles chips were not actually a potato crisp product.

In an attempt to avoid a specific tax on placed on potato crisp products, Proctor & Gamble said that Pringles were different from other potato chips because of their texture, color, shape and the fact that they are manufactured from dough, not strictly potatoes.

The vegetable oil is another issue with Pringles. Like most fried chips, it is this oil that contributes to the over-consumption of omega-6 fatty acids in the Western diet which leads to an imbalance of essential fats in the body.

The large amount of salt in a serving of Pringles can easily put one’s salt intake over the daily recommended amount.

One ounce (about 16 chips) is considered one serving and contains 330 mg of salt; there are approximately 6 servings in a regular-size can of Pringles, placing the total amount of sodium in a can around 1,980mg.

The daily recommended intake of salt for the average person is approximately 2,300 mg.

Because it is so difficult to only eat a few of these chips, it becomes very easy to consume far more sodium than is necessary or healthy when these are the snack of choice.

Over-consumption of salt leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the major issue in chronic diseases and can exacerbate acute illnesses as well.

Acrylamide

The ingredients on the package are certainly ones that should be avoided, but perhaps one of the most dangerous issues with Pringles (and honestly, any potato chip or French fry) is a byproduct of the manufacturing process called acrylamide.

Acrylamide is a compound that is formed when starchy foods, like potatoes, are cooked (fried, roasted, and yes, even baked) at high temperatures (above 212°F).

This compound is a known carcinogen and potential neurotoxin that is found in more than just chips. It is also formed when grains and coffee are toasted or roasted, thus the total amount of acrylamide consumed on any given day may be much greater than expected.

The allowable amount of acrylamide in one 8 oz glass of water according to federal guidelines is 0.5 part per billion (ppb) or .12 micrograms.

To give you an idea of how much acrylamide may be formed in a starchy product, in one 6 oz serving of French fries, there is about 60 micrograms of this carcinogenic substance.

Another example comes from a lawsuit that began in 2005 when the state of California sued a popular chip company for failing to warn consumers that their chip products contained enough acrylamide to warrant a cancer warning label.

Unfortunately, the process for measuring the amount of acrylamide is expensive and time-consuming making it difficult for chip manufacturers to be motivated to check their chips for acrylamide production on a regular basis.

Research is being done to find a more efficient and cost-effective method of measuring these amounts.

Acrylamide is only one danger from cooking foods at high temperatures. A project called Heat-Generated Food Toxicants (HEATOX) published findings in 2007 that revealed over 800 heat-induced compounds in foods with 52 that were possible carcinogens.

These toxins can build up in the body over time and result in negative acute and/or chronic health issues.

So what makes them so addictive?

The specific combination of ingredients plays a major role in Pringles’ addictive properties. When they are consumed, they affect the blood sugar and give a quick boost of energy because they are made from refined carbohydrates.

This does not allow for a lasting feeling of satiety, thereby creating a desire for more food. The specific flavor dustings on the outside of the chips also contribute to the tastiness that makes consumers keep coming back for more.

Also, that melt-in-your-mouth sensation was not accidental.

A lot of time and money went into developing a texture that would trick the body into believing it was not eating much and needed to have more.

If you think about it, you will realize that once the initial crunch occurs when you first put a Pringle in your mouth, the chip quickly dissolves.

Because the chip is not chewed like other foods, you are more likely to consume a larger number of chips before your stomach can signal to your brain that it is full.

 

What can you do?

The best way to avoid acrylamide and other dangerous ingredients or byproducts in Pringles is to stop eating them altogether.

They were created with the intention of causing the consumer to become “addicted” to them.

If you don’t ever pick them up off the shelf, you won’t find yourself in a mentality of “needing just one more”.

Finding the perfect healthy chip is something that many health-conscious persons are still trying to do.

This will likely always be an ongoing process since there is not really a healthy method for making chips of any kind, but for now, it is safe to say that avoiding Pringles is absolutely in the best interest of your health.

 

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Is Your Olive Oil Fake?

July 8, 2017 by admin in Health News with 26 Comments

Every day, people are being told how beneficial it is to use olive oil in the preparation of food, but did you know a gang of Mafia suspects were busted for sending fake, adulterated olive oil to the United States?

Yes, you read that right.

The Italian mafia, what the Italians refer to as “agromafia”, infiltrated Italy’s famed agriculture and food business and have made a substantial profit off these fake oils; an estimated $16.85 billion.

It is said that they have been doing this for almost four millennia, but with food supply chain being widespread, vast and lucrative, it’s easy for bad guys to tamper with our food.

 

One way could be mixing it with a cheaper vegetable oil.

Do you know of anyone who has become sick after consuming olive oil?

They most likely have a food allergy, but since they didn’t know their olive oil was mixed with soy, peanut, sunflower, hazelnut, corn, palm, sesame, grape seed and/or non-human grade oils, they figured they were safe.

Italian investigators also found pesticides, hydrocarbon residues, pomace oil, and other contaminants in the olive oil imposters.

Other common things found in the fake olive oils are mineral oil, PAHs, carcinogens that have been proven to damage DNA and the immune system.

Unfortunately for us, this is nothing new.

In 1981 there was a case of toxic oil syndrome in Spain, when an industrial additive was added to rapeseed oil and sold as olive oil, killing eight hundred people and injuring thousands more.

In 2010 samples of imported olive oils were tested by researchers at the UC Davis Olive Center.  69% of the samples tested failed to meet the international standards to be called extra virgin olive oil.

Just to give you all an idea of how rampant this thing really is; Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity, documents oil fraud going back to the Roman Empire.

According to a 30-year comprehensive academic food fraud study in the Journal of Food Science, the single most referenced adulterated food of any type in scholarly articles from 1980 to 2010, was olive oil.

When Davis Olive Center tested samples from supermarkets, they concluded that two-thirds (69 percent) of imported oils and 10 percent of California oils that were labeled “extra virgin” did not meet legal standard.

In 2011, a follow-up Olive Center supermarket test was conducted using a larger number of samples for consistency. The results showed the five, imported, top-selling brands labeled “extra virgin” in the United States failed to meet the basic legal standard.

There are some people who think the University favors the olive oil that is made by domestic companies, mainly in California, over any imports, so another company, the North American Olive Oil Association, who does their own testing, disputes the accuracy of UC Davis’ findings.

However, continued studies and investigations show in:

  • 2014 – hitting an all-time high, there were 95 seizures of counterfeit “extra virgin olive oil” in Italy.
  • May 2015 – the National Consumers League, tested 11 national brands of “extra virgin olive oil” sold in the United States and 55 percent failed to meet legal standard.
  • 2015 – a French study found that 46 percent of “extra virgin olive oil” labeled bottles were non-compliant.
  • Twenty of the most popular brands in Italy were tested by and Italian newspaper, La Stampa, 45 percent were fake.
  • December 2015 – the Italian authorities were late in finding a fraud ring that sold 7,000 tons, tens of millions worth, of fake “extra virgin olive oil” that were labeled 100 percent Italian and sold in Italy, Japan and the United States.
  • 2016 – 60 minutes reported the majority of “extra virgin olive oil” is mislabeled and a German group found that half the nation’s retail “extra virgin olive oil” was mislabeled. There were seizure and scandals from Italy and France to Ghana and Taiwan.
  • February 2016 – Italian authorities seized 2,000 tons, $14.5 million worth, of fake “extra virgin olive oil”. Two months later they seized 22 tons more of Tuscan oil.

 

How to tell if your olive oil is authentic?

Now how many of you run to your cupboard to check your olive oil only to get there and realize you have no clue what to look for?

Unfortunately, you can’t tell by just looking at it and since people have learned you can find impure oil by testing it, they have come up with other ways to dilute pure oil with less than fresh versions by processing with heat or chemicals, which is harder to detect and illegal.

There’s still the question “So how can I find the real stuff?”  Well, there are some things you can look for:

Harvest date: It should say “fall harvest” or “early harvest” of the current year.

Storage and tasting: Oil should be stored in containers that are kept clean, made of stainless-steel with a temperature-control function and have an inactive gas, like nitrogen, that keeps oxygen out.

Flavor/Color: You want to look for extra virgin olive oil that has a bright green color to show high-quality; However, you can also find good quality oils that are green, gold or a pale straw.

The scent of a good oil can be described as fruity, like a green banana or apple, fresh or grass-like, spicy (which indicates the presence healthy antioxidants), bitter or efflorescent.

If the oils have the taste of mold, cardboard, being cooked, creamy, meaty, or hard-metal, they are no good.

Bottles: If you purchase pre-packaged oils, you want to look for one that is packaged in a stainless-steel container, glass that is dark or clear glass that is stored in a cardboard so they are protected from light.

Labeling terms: The label must say “extra virgin”. If it says, “olive pomace oil,” “olive oil,” “light,” or “pure” oil, it means it has been chemically processed.

It’s meaningless when they are labeled “cold pressed” or “first pressed”, because now EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) is made using centrifuges instead of being pressed.

Look for a seal of quality and certified origin: The Producer organizations are held to a much higher standard than the USDAs minimal standards.

Here are some examples:

-Real Italian producers – 100% Qualita Italiana

-California Olive Oil Commission – COOC 100% Certified Extra Virgin Seal

-The North American Olive Oil Association – NAOOA Certified Oil, bearing a red circular logo with a green olive branch

-Australian oils, Cobram Estates – California label (COOC Certified)

-McEvoy Estate has readily available standout California oils

-Australian and Chilean oils are considered more reliable

-Tunisian, South Africa and California produce high-quality oils

-Frankie’s Spuntino, Italian restaurants in New York – Frankie’s 457 made in Sicily, sold in Whole Foods nationally

-Frankie’s- Green Gold, less expensive ($10), for Whole Foods 365 house brand

There’s national chains, olive oil and vinegar stores, with different names, but look the same, with steel circular tanks that dispense oil and are adorned with lots of information about chemical analysis, olive variety, where it came from and when.

They provide tastings and sell in small quantities.

It’s best to buy from retailers that allow you to taste the product and sell small quantities.

Since open oil deteriorates quickly, it’s best to buy 2 small bottles/cans instead of one big one.

Try to buy oil that is less than a year old, follow the “pressed on” or “harvested on” date as this will let you know when it was made.

The “bottled on,” “sell by,” and “use by” dates are meaningless since they are up to the discretion of the manufacturer and most likely mean that is when they took it out of an old storage tank and put it in the bottle. It allows them to keep older stocks out on shelves.

 

Four tell-tale signs of defective Olive Oil

  1. Smells like crayons or putty, feels greasy in your mouth, tastes like rancid nuts.
  2. Fusty flavor. “Fusty” oil occurs when olives sit too long before being milled, leading to fermentation due to lack of oxygen. Should not smell reminiscent of sweaty socks or swampy vegetation.
  3. Moldy flavor. If it tastes dusty or musty, it was most likely made from moldy olives.
  4. Wine or vinegar flavor. Sometimes olives undergo fermentation with oxygen, this causes a wine and vinegar (or even nail polish) undertone.

 

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Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Learn how you can lose weight fast – How to lose weight by adding these alkaline foods.

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