If you purchase your extra virgin olive oil here in the USA the chances are good that you have an imposter in your cabinet. The New York Times, NBC News, CBS News, ABC’s Good Morning America, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal (to name a few) have all reported on the fact that much of the extra virgin olive oil in our supermarkets have been cut with cheaper oils like soybean oil and rapeseend oil. The New York Times slideshow by Nicholas Blechman breaks it down for you if you’d like an explanation on how this is happening: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/24/opinion/food-chains-extra-virgin-suicide.html
Blechman’s article is based on the information in the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. by olive oil expert Tom Mueller. Mueller provides a list of what he deems, “quality oils at good prices” http://www.truthinoliveoil.com/2012/09/toms-supermarket-picks-quality-oils-good-prices. Take a moment to read his bio on why he is considered an expert on the subject matter.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is quite beneficial for your health. Your brain needs fat to function. EVOO has also been shown to reduce inflammation, lower LDL cholesterol and help you lower body fat http://wp.me/p29oyO-jY . Soybean oil is a GMO nightmare. So if your EVOO is cut with or even replaced with soybean oil, you may actually be harming your health.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get quality EVOO. Check out that list and live well.