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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
10 Everyday "health" foods that are commonly counterfeited
This list will seem pretty incredible--aren't there supposed to be labeling laws protecting us? Apparently not. Anyway, a friend brought us some REAL olive oil from a relative's olive grove in Italy. At first I didn't LIKE the oil, I noted a weird peppery burn. Then I found out that it's from oleic acid, the stuff in OO that makes it to healthy. When I've bought other, real, certified oils I've noticed they all have the burn, and much of the cheaper stuff I'd been getting at the supermarket didn't. Lesson learned.
8. Olive oil Researchers have found that olive oil is the food most vulnerable to food fraud. In most cases consumers are getting a lesser quality than what is labeled – regular olive oil instead of extra virgin, or a cheaper, non-Italian variety being sold as Italian. But olive oil is also frequently diluted with imposter oils such as hazelnut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, palm oil and walnut oil. One sample even contained lard.
In rare instances, varieties of non-food-grade oil may be added in. In one notorious case, more than 600 Spaniards died in 1981 after eating a non-food-grade, industrial rapeseed oil that was sold as olive oil.
The lesson: buy from people you know, small producers if possible and as little processed as possible. Your body will thank you and you won't be throwing money away on toxic crap, like honey that actually has high fructose corn syrup in it.