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Knowing the different grades of olive oil

June 07, 2020

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There are different grades of olive oil - Extra Virgin, Virgin olive oil, Olive oil and Refined Olive oil.

What makes them different?

Natural oils

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • The highest grade of olive oil
  • Obtained solely by mechanical or other physical means under set conditions
  • Contains no more than 0.8% acidity
  • High in natural antioxidants and polyphenols
  • Has a superior taste
  • No defect 

Virgin olive oil

  • Lower-grade than EVOO
  • Obtained by the same process as EVOO
  • Acidity levels are less than 1.5%
  • Has a good taste
  • Moderately high in natural antioxidants

Refined oils

Olive oil

  • A blend of virgin and refined production oil
  • No more than 2% acidity
  • Low in flavour
  • No natural antioxidants
  • High in trans fats

Refined olive oil

  • Obtained from virgin olive oils by refining methods
  • A free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.3 grams per 100 grams (0.3%).
  • Low in flavour
  • No natural antioxidants
  • High in trans fats

Sources

- European Commission, Olive oil in the EU, 2020

- EUR-Lex, Access to European law, COMMISSION REGULATION (EEC) No 2568/91, 1991

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