Olive oil has tons of benefits – when taken orally, it can aid in the treatment of constipation, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, among other things.
When used topically, it can aid in the treatment of psoriasis, minor burns, stretch marks & lice wounds; or even works as a facial cleanser !
Yep, talking about Olive Oil here. If you wanted something a little more controversial, check out this beautiful girl’s blog.
Extra virgin olive oil is meant to be the purest of olive oils (with only 1% acid content), extracted from the time-consuming process of cold-pressing (using only pressure).
However, a study has revealed that the Italian mafia has been profiting from selling olive oil contaminated with cheaper oils like sunflower oil and passing it off as the more exclusive (& expensive) extra virgin olive oil.
Lots of extra virgin olive oils found abroad in non-olive oil producing countries are likely to be contaminated.
In the US, when 3 high-end olive oil brands were tested, only 1 contained true extra virgin olive oil.
Be careful when you are purchasing Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil abroad; If the ‘extra virgin olive oil’ only costs $5, keep in mind that you may not be receiving all the benefits you were searching for.
Sources have suggested looking for olive oil made in Sicily or Puglia for a higher chance of buying true extra virgin olive oil.