As children, olive oil was perhaps something we associated
primarily with the cartoon character Popeye. But today, olive oil has
become a staple ingredient in most of our kitchens. Much more healthful
than most other oils, olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats and
antioxidants, which has led to its increasing popularity in American
But as a consumer, you may be overwhelmed when faced with
the growing spectrum of types, brands, grades, and prices. Is there
really much difference? Are the highest priced oils always the best? How
do you choose the “right” kind?
Though all olive oil comes from the pressing and crushing of
olives, the processes used determine the type of olive oil extracted.