October 6, 2017; by Aaron Kesel, Natural Blaze.com) You may want to check your cabinet – fun fact: your extra virgin olive oil is probably fake and it’s all thanks to the good ole Mob. Thank Tony Montana and the Godfather! Did you know that the Mafia is selling fake olive oil and making a killing on the fake goods?
Olive oil is a $1.5 billion dollar industry in just the United States alone, according to Tom Mueller, an investigative journalist who wrote an eye-opening book exposing fake olive oil entitled: Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. 70% of the extra virgin olive oil sold is diluted and cut with cheaper oils according to Mueller.
“You in many cases are getting lower grade olive oil that has been blended with some good extra virgin olive oil…you’re sometimes getting deodorized oil,” Mueller said. “They blend it with some oil that has some character to give it a little color, a little flavor…and they sell that as extra virgin. It’s illegal – it happens all the time.”
Various cultures of the world highly value olive oil as a food and as a medicine. As an example, Mediterranean culture has viewed the oil as a form of medicine for over 2,000 years.