Are you a victim of food fraud? Dr. Oz uncovers the shocking truth about the intentionally mislabeled foods at your supermarket. From fake fish to impure olive oil, learn how to spot common frauds and protect your family!

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A Statement From the North American Olive Oil Association:

The “Fridge Test” is not a reliable indicator of purity or quality. Almost all oils will become cloudy and eventually solidify at very cold temperatures. However, the time and the temperature required to reach that stage are affected by a multitude of factors, beginning with the simple fact that refrigerator temperature itself is variable.

 

Extra virgin olive oil is made up of primarily monounsaturated fats, which tend to cloud or become solid at higher temperatures than refined oils such as olive oil, canola oil, etc, do. However, extra virgin olive oil’s composition is so variable that this is not an accurate indicator of authenticity.

 

The makeup and ultimate coagulation point of an extra virgin olive oil is affected by the olive varietal, the seasonal growing conditions, the latitude of the country of origin, the time of harvest and the processing methods.

 

Additionally, olives are a fruit, and have a natural wax coating that may be found in trace amounts in the end product. While not harmful, these wax levels are variable and their presence will raise the temperature at which an extra virgin olive oil will start to crystallize. Many manufacturers will chill and filter extra virgin olive oil specifically to remove these waxes and ensure a pleasing appearance after transportation in cold seasons. Many oils that have been chilled and filtered, although they are completely authentic, won’t show evidence of solidification in a refrigerator.

Get olive oil buying tips from the North American Olive Oil Association.

 

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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