4 tips for picking the perfect olive oil

Living Out Loud

While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest, largest jug of extra-virgin olive oil at conventional grocery stores, it’s not the best idea.

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If you’re on a mission to make olive oil part of your health plan, aim for about 4 tablespoons of 100 percent olive oil per day by drizzling over salads or fresh, sliced tomatoes or using as a simple dip for whole-grain bread.

But buyer beware: While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest, largest jug of extra-virgin olive oil at conventional grocery stores, it’s not the best idea. Not only will the flavor be subpar, it may not even be olive oil. Unfortunately, olive oil adulteration is common. Seeking profits, tricksters can blend extra-virgin olive oil with low-quality varieties, or even with other plant oils like sunflower oil, reducing olive oil’s superior health benefits. It’s worth it, however, to suss out quality olive oil…

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