Organic olive oil is hard to find in ordinary grocery stores. Even when it is available, it’s often not the best quality oil. Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a quality product which holds its own against fancy, expensive name-brand organic olive oils at a much lower price. A product of Italy, 365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold pressed and comes in a dark green bottle to protect its flavor and nutritional value.
I have purchased this olive oil many time from my local Whole Foods Market. I use organic olive oil in dishes such as pasta, pizza and homemade bread. I also regularly use it as a moisturizer for my skin.
The only comparable product I have ever found is Star Special Reserve Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which I found at Wal-Mart. This product was 17 fluid ounces for a total price of $6.18, whereas Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil was 16.9 fluid ounces for $6.99.
Even though the Star organic olive oil was less expensive, I found the 365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil was richer and darker in color, which means that it has more nutrients and contributes more toward anti-aging. It also has a stronger, more palatable flavor than the cheaper oil.
Olive oil is more nutritious than other oils since it is higher in antioxidants. It’s also much higher in mono-unsaturated fat than other oils, and contributes toward cardiac health by controlling cholesterol levels. Being less processed than other oils, it’s very high in vitamin E and phenols. Olive oil has also been associated with a lower risk of colon cancer than other oils. So a lower quality, cheaper oil isn’t going to contribute to good health as much as one that’s better made but a little more expensive. The quality of the organic olive oil is crucial in determining the quantity and quality of those anti-aging substances. 365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil definitely seemed to contain more of these substances than the cheaper oil.
However, if you have an allergy to soy or peanuts, you should not use 365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, since it is produced in a plant which also processes these products.
365 Everyday Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil really stands up against the competition. I have used other, more expensive oils which were on the shelf next to Whole Foods’ brand olive oil, and yet this one was of a similar quality to those which were generally considered superior. I recommend this oil highly as not only a superior organic extra virgin olive oil, but also as a superior bargain.