European Extra Olive Oil Review

It's no surprise over here that we try to cook healthier. We've avoided several cooking oils besides coconut oil and olive oil for a few years now.

So what is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and why would you choose it?

Extra virgin olive oil is made by cold pressing the juice of the olives. No heat or chemicals are used. The acidity must be below .8% or virtually free of acidity. There is a panel of expert tasters that are trained by an International Oil Council. They taste for any defects in the oils. If it doesn't have the signature harmonious balance and signature fruity taste it doesn't pass as extra virgin.

We have been cooking with extra virgin olive oil for a couple of years and we can tell a difference in our food as well as the health aspect of the food that we cook. I grew up with Canola and Vegetable oil in my family's pantry! Making the switch can be difficult but once you make it, it's an easy switch to grow used to.

Why would you choose European extra virgin olive oil?

The greatest impact on taste of olive oil is the type of olive tree, the region in which it grows and the time of harvest. Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles.

Time of harvest...

If oils are harvested early in their season those oils are more green and bitter.

If oils are harvested at the end of the season they are over-ripe and are more mild and buttery.

Region in which the olive tree grows...

Spanish olive oil is typically golden and yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.

French olive oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.

Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grass flavor.

Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.

European extra virgin olive oil provides many different oils for different cooking occasions. More delicate oils can be used for salad dressing where more robust oils are good with steak and spicy foods.

So why would you choose extra virgin olive oil instead of another cooking oil?

For the amazing health benefits.

Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, vitamin E and other natural antioxidants that are the oil's own natural preservative. When consumed these antioxidants combat waste produced by metabolism (free radicals) which is linked to longevity and overall good health. Extra virgin olive oil is also rich in good fats which can lower bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol. You can't say the same about other cooking oils!

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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

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