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Good Oils Gone Bad: Recognizing Rancidity and Other Defects

Olive Oil

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  • Many olive oil brands are rancid, moldy or spoiled, sometimes before the bottle is ever opened
  • Olive oil is also highly perishable, making it vulnerable to oxidation when it’s exposed to air, light or heat
  • Olive oil is one of the most commonly adulterated foods and is often diluted with less expensive oils like soybean oil (that is not listed on the label); choose trusted brands only
  • Olive oil is excellent for cold dishes but should not be used for cooking

By Dr. Mercola

Olive oil, a dietary staple in Mediterranean regions, is now a healthy favorite oil in the US, valued not only for its flavor but also its health benefits.


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