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How to Find Real Olive Oil and Spot Fake Olive Oil

How to Find Real Olive Oil and Spot Fake Olive Oil

Ever since the scandal broke last year that most of the “extra-virgin” olive oil sold in the world is fake, there has been a major outcry as olive oil consumers and lovers decry the fraud which has been going on for a very long time. However, customers are now seeking tips on how to find and purchase authentic and 100% olive oil. Spotting real olive oil is now proving to be quite a difficult task after the scandal revealed that seven well-known Italian olive oil producers were involved in the olive oil scam and they were investigated for passing off counterfeit olive oil as authentic extra-virgin olive oil.

Olive oil is a nourishing food and has proven to be one of the most commonly counterfeited foods too. Sometimes other oils like soy and sunflower oil are bottled and passed off as virgin or extra virgin olive oil. Other times, lower grade oils are used to dilute olive oil just to maximize profits at the expense of the health of consumers.

With the revelation that this food fraud and scam has been going on for years, most of us have come to realize that we might not even know the real taste of olive oil since we have been cooking with and consuming fake olive oil most (or all) of our lives. But then, how can we tell if the olive oil in our kitchen is fake?

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    Here are some recommendations on how to find real olive oil and also spot the fake olive oil brands.

    • Avoid bargain prices, because the cost of producing genuine extra virgin oil is expensive. It is true that high prices don’t guarantee real and authentic oil, but low prices – under about US$10 for a liter – strongly suggest that the oil you’re buying is inferior. So, if the olive oil seems too cheap to be real, chances are high that it is fake.

    • To get the freshest oil, and cut out middlemen who often tamper with the quality of olive oil, buy as close to the mill as possible, if you’re lucky enough to live near a mill, or find local producers available around you and purchase directly from them.

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    • You cannot know what real olive oil tastes like if you have never tasted the real deal. You should spend extra money to purchase and learn what real olive oil tastes like. That way, you won’t be fooled anymore.

    • Avoid buying olive oil labeled “olive oil” or “olive pomace oil” “pure” and “light” oil, because they have been chemically refined. You should purchase olive oil labeled “extra virgin,” as it has more chances of being an extra virgin olive oil than if it is not labeled at all.

    • Purchase the quantity of olive oil you will use up quickly and you should pick bottles or containers that protect the oil against light,

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    • Always buy oil from the present year’s harvest – ensure that the date of harvest is displayed on the bottle for confirmation.

    • Good and real olive oil comes in several color shades — from green to gold to pale straw. However, you should avoid such flavors as greasy, moldy, metallic, meaty, cooked, and cardboard.

    • Purchasing an olive oil with the International Olive Oil Council certification is a definite, YES! Though this is not always a guarantee of quality or authenticity but certifications mentioned on olive oil labels can give consumers the confidence that the oil has been properly made.

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    You should keep in mind that a complete fail proof test to determine olive oil does not exist. This is the reason why we should thread on the side of caution by following most of the tips above in other to purchase and consume healthy olive oil.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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