A Real Extra Virgin


Some are virgin.  Others are extra virgin.  The rest are not very virgin at all.  It’s difficult to tell which is which when shopping the sublime and scandalous world of olive oil, and so we ask…

How can we find a real extra virgin?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity, for a conversation about what happened to the olive industry when its oil became the oil of choice throughout the world.

Topics include why olive oil became the oil of choice; the extent to which counterfeit olive oils have come to dominate the culinary marketplace; and how one might find a real extra virgin olive oil.

Listen on your radio, computer or mobile device: Food Chain Radio

3 responses to “A Real Extra Virgin

  1. Is NOTHING sacred anymore????? Must I give up my EV Olive Oil now too>???? Shoot me please.

  2. Compared to soy, vegetable, hydrogenated and the rest of the garbage oils on the shelf any pure olive oil is virgin territory.

    Here is an interesting tidbit about cooking oil for you, before WW2 most of the cooking oil in the USA was coconut oil, then the war shut that off. Look below at what they knew about the major oil we use today? Just another one of those lies that industry uses to sell poison to us via the news so they can make a profit. I would not even what to guess the numbers of suffering, dead and dying this lie caused. Look around the Internet and you will still find sites that push the lie that coconut oil will make you fat, cause heart disease and raise your cholesterol.

    From the article, Coconut Oil and Its Virtues,
    By Ray Peat, PhD
    In the l940s, farmers attempted to use cheap coconut oil for fattening their animals, but they found that it made them lean, active and hungry. For a few years, an antithyroid drug was found to make the livestock get fat while eating less food, but then it was found to be a strong carcinogen, and it also probably produced hypothyroidism in the people who ate the meat. By the late l940s, it was found that the same antithyroid effect, causing animals to get fat without eating much food, could be achieved by using soy beans and corn as feed.

    Later, an animal experiment fed diets that were low or high in total fat, and in different groups the fat was provided by pure coconut oil, or a pure unsaturated oil, or by various mixtures of the two oils. At the end of their lives, the animals’ obesity increased directly in proportion to the ratio of unsaturated oil to coconut oil in their diet, and was not related to the total amount of fat they had consumed. That is, animals which ate just a little pure unsaturated oil were fat, and animals which ate a lot of coconut oil were lean.

    One more nail from the article:
    Since the l930s, it has been clearly established that suppression of the thyroid raises serum cholesterol (while increasing mortality from infections, cancer, and heart disease), while restoring the thyroid hormone brings cholesterol down to normal.

    Doc Blake

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