CREATED May. 21, 2013
There are a lot of options when it comes to buying olive oil, and not all of them have the same health benefits.
We all know that extra virgin olive oil is good for us because itcan boost your heart health, and even lower your risk of certain kinds of cancer. But, not all oils are created equal.
"Not all olive oils have the same health benefits, you always want it fresh. Even the best producer in the world, if their oil is old, you're not going to reap the health benefits from it," said Nicholas Coleman, Chief Oil Specialist at Eataly New York. He says you should pick your oil like you pick your wine--knowing when it is bottled, what kind of olives are in it and what region it comes from-- makes all the difference.
Price matters too. That huge tin you bought at your grocery for a few bucks might not cut it. Coleman says, "Usually, they take olives from all over the world and they buy old oil that is left over at the end of the year. They blend it all together and ship it over to America. Although the color of the oil doesn't affect the health benefits, Coleman says the bottle does. "Pick a dark, glass bottle or tin, so the oil doesn't photo-oxidize and degrade. When you cook with oil, warm it slowly to preserve the antioxidants."
For more information go to eataly.com.