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The Winter Fancy Food Show has come and gone. It was definitely a memorable event filled with lots of delicious treats, savory snacks, flavorful refreshments and passionate foodies from all over the country. It was a time for people with a similar purpose to come together and for companies to showcase what they brought to the extensive smorgasbord of all things food and what made them especially fancy.
There are many different brands of olive oil on the market today. With so many options, it's difficult to know which particular kind of olive oil is the best one to buy, especially when they are all labeled similarly. The grade of olive oil is not determined by the olive, but by the amount of defects within the oil. The highest grade of olive oil is Extra Virgin. By definition extra virgin olive oil must be free from defects (along with passing a large panel of chemical tests). Virgin olive oil is the 2nd highest grade and does contain some minor defects within the oil. It has been tested and proven that most of the olive oil currently sold in this country labeled as extra virgin is in fact not. By far the majority of olive oil labeled extra virgin on store shelves are defective and thus not extra virgin. A few years ago, the regulations and definitions of olive oil were updated in the federal government to better reflect the current state of the industry. California even instituted a new law for its producers with even stricter standards. One of the results of the updated regulations has been food fraud lawsuits being filed against companies selling these mislabeled products. It is very important to educate yourself and be aware of what you are buying.
Written by Dean Wilkinson, our Olive Oil Expert
Eating pasta more often might improve the overall quality of your diet. Can pasta get any more perfect? The Deccan Chronicle reported on February 7th, 2017 on a newly presented study showing that people who eat pasta more often also consume more shortfall nutrients in their diet. These shortfall nutrients include foliate, iron, magnesium and dietary fiber.
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