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What are the different grades of olive oil?

June 07, 2020

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There are different olive oil grades - extra virgin olive oil, 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
  • q 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

Cited 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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