North American Olive Oil Association Blog

California Olive Oil Standards Fail Local Industry

NAOOA Supports Harmonization of Global Standards for All Olive Oils

There’s been much ado about olive oil standards in recent years – for good reason, as ensuring olive oil authenticity is complex and consumers deserve to know what they are buying. In 2014, the newly-formed Olive Oil Commission of California (OOCC) promised to do just that by creating a unique set of olive oil standards for some local producers.

Olive Oil Smoke Point

olive oil smoke point

The smoke points of cooking oils are related to the Free Fatty Acid (FFA) of the oil, with a lower acidity typically resulting in a higher smoke point.

Cholesterol Management - Replace Butter with Olive Oil

A recent study funded by the butter industry gave further confirmation that butter increases both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol), especially when compared with olive oil as an alternative.

Health Benefits of Olives and Olive Oil

 A review of the research Commissioned by the International Olive Council

Understanding Olive Oil Quality Programs

There are many choices and types of olive oil available in the U.S. and a number of different quality programs and certifications. Some programs focus on flavor or origin while others focus on authenticity.

10 things you didn't know about olive oil

Where it’s from:

1) About 95% of the world’s olive oil is produced in the Mediterranean region. Consistently, the top two olive oil producing countries are Spain (about half of world supply) and Italy (about 15%). The US produces only about 0.3% of the world’s olive oil. 

How it’s made:

2) While most household cooking oils are derived from seeds, olive oil is made from a fruit – the olive!

3) Unlike seed oils, olive oils originate through natural physical extraction. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made entirely by mechanical processes without added heat or chemicals. Olive Oil is a blend of refined olive oil with some virgin or extra virgin olive oil added for flavor.