The Latest Facts About Olive Oil

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  • The latest facts about olive oil: Recently, there’s been a lot of controversy whether olive oil is safe for cooking at high temperatures or not. It was put through several thorough new tests and researchers have finally determined why it can maintain integrity under heat and exposure to harsh cooking conditions such as high heat baking, sautéing and even frying.  Since olive oil is rich in phenols (antioxidants) such as polyphenols, it will not oxidize under high heat conditions, as previously thought. Oxidized fats are dangerous for our health and our waistline as well. Especially extra virgin olive oil may actually be the better option to cook with since the olives are cold-pressed and barely processed, therefore the oil contains a higher amount of those protective antioxidants than the additionally processed olive oil. All that cloudy stuff we sometimes see in our extra virgin olive oil is actually a sign of its strength and ability to protect us. However not all olive oils are what they seem, nor are created equally, as author Tom Mueller explains in his book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. When selecting olive oil, make sure you can trust the brand and are receiving a true olive oil instead of a mixture of olive with canola or soybean as some manufacturers are doing these days to cut costs.
  • Some brands of bottled water recalled due to E. Coli: Top US private-label water bottling company Niagara Bottling has recently reported that E. coli bacteria was found in one of its spring water sources on June 10, 2015. The company stated that no reports of illness have been found, nor has anyone submitted a formal complaint, but that voluntary recall is still in effect: “These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.” As a result of this finding, supermarket chain Wegmans and several other chains including Giant Food Stores, Shaws, and 7-Eleven, recalled their branded bottled water due to potential E. coli contamination.
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