Today, I am blessed to have here with me for a second time T.J. Robinson, aka "The Olive Oil Hunter." He is one of the world's most respected authorities on all matters of olive oil. Known for his "platinum palate," he is one of the few Americans invited to serve as a judge in prestigious Italian olive oil tasting competitions.
These days he is dedicated to importing rare fresh-pressed olive oil, the most flavorful and healthiest extra virgin olive oil on the planet, until now virtually impossible to obtain year-round in the U.S. All his oils are independently lab tested and certified for 100% purity.
T.J. serves as a personal "olive oil sommelier," traveling the world, following the sun, seeking out only the best-tasting oils and acquiring them for his Club members right during the olive harvest, as the olive presses are running, when the oils are miraculously flavorful —like no other olive oil you can find in the U.S.
In this episode, T.J. talks about the rampant fraud in the olive oil industry. Unfortunately, many companies are cutting their "extra-virgin olive oil" with dangerous and inflammatory seed oils. It can be hard to spot which olive oils are legit and which ones lie to the consumer. T.J. Robinson explains how to spot a fraudulent oil and what to look for when you're at the grocery store. Lucky for us, T.J. is letting Keto Kamp listeners try his $39 olive oil for just $1. You can get that deal here: http://www.getfresh37.com/.
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This episode originally aired in 2022.
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[01:00] There’s A Lot of Fraud In The Olive Oil Industry: What You Need To Know
The mafia has learned that instead of dealing with illegal drugs, they can take olive oil and do things to it. People use substandard olive oil and add a little bit of decent quality olive oil to it enough to pass a lab test. Fraud in the olive oil industry has been happening for a really long time. During a study, 70% of olive oils came back as not meeting the quality standards of extra-virgin. Most Americans don't know what great olive oil tastes like. [07:40] Olive Oils Are Being Cut With Inflammatory Oils Like Canola Oil
You have to be very careful when you buy an olive oil blend. Make sure to read labels in the grocery store very carefully. Olive oil can be in a fancy bottle, with a fancy label and a high price tag. However, look at the back, and you might see that it’s actually a blend. It could be a blend of soybean oil or sunflower oil, but it's being sold as extra virgin olive oil. More often than not, it's a lower grade of oil that's being sold as an extra virgin oil. [10:10] Tips For Buying Olive Oil In A Grocery Store
Always look for olive oil in dark glass; the dark glass helps protect the oil. Glass bottles are preferable. You also want to look for a harvest date on the olive oil bottle. Most bottles won’t have a harvest date on them. Look for oils that have a third-party certification. [15:50] How A Professional Taster Would Examine Olive Oil Quality
A professional taster would taste out of small blue glass cups. Blue disguises the color of the olive oil. Color is not an indicator of quality. Many fraudulent olive oils will be cut with seed oils, but a