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If you are a true fan of the "food network" channels then you are already more than aware of all the hoopla centered around extra virgin olive oil, frequently referred to as "EVOO".

How did a liquid which stems from something so small get to be SO big? And what's the story behind extra virgin olive oil vs olive oil? Well, let's take a look.

I don 't need to tell those of you who already spend any time in the kitchen cooking that there are a gazillion olive oil choices out there. It's almost daunting to have to go to that isle in the store and make a selection. So much so, that I some times find myself putting it off and taking on some mundane chore instead! So I felt prompted to write a little educational piece which would hopefully help to clarify, or at least shed some light, on extra virgin olive oil vs olive oil. So let's get started.

Basically you have three levels of olive oil; olive, virgin olive and extra virgin olive. The main difference between them is quality, flavor and health benefits. When you purchase a bottle which simply reads 'Olive' oil' you are buying the lowest grade possible. It's a blend which contains 'refined' oils, which means it's been chemically treated. Simply put, not so good on the quality, taste or health benefits.

The next step up is 'Virgin Olive' oil. This one has been cold-pressed, at room temperature, and no chemicals were used during the process. This means that although we've moved into the realm of better quality and taste, we can still do better. Which leads us to our final contestant in the extra virgin olive oil vs olive oil contest, 'Extra Virgin Olive' oil. Now your talking..

'Extra Virgin Olive' oil means that it comes from the very first pressing of the olives. What this means to you the consumer is; the best quality, the best taste and the most health benefits.

Now I think at this point you can pretty much see that the best choice of the three is the extra virgin olive oil vs olive oil. However, if you want to kick it up even a notch higher, you need to also make sure you select an 'Organic' brand. The reason being that, if the olives used in making the oil are not grown organically, then it's a 99 to 100% chance they were sprayed with pesticides and various chemicals during their growth cycle. Yuck.

You probably have also noticed that there are a lot of countries from which olive oil is manufactured and then imported; Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Turkey, to name a few. So if you follow the basic guide lines above in the "extra virgin olive oil vs olive oil" decision making process, then this remaining factor is simply a matter of preference. You may have to try several and you may end up liking more than one. It's ok, have fun with it!

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