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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

whats the difference between olive oil, and extra virgin olive oil, and virgin olive oil?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Good question. Here is a rather complete answer:

    What is ‘Olive Oil’? Olive oil is olive juice, plain and simple.

    What is ‘Virgin?’ Virgin means mechanical extraction. The oil or juice is extracted by machines with no chemicals used in the process.

    What is ‘Extra’? Mechanically extracted (virgin) olive oil is not all the same quality. 'Extra' is the highest quality and is thus classified because it goes through a battery of tests, both laboratory (analytical) as well as 'taste' (an olive oil master tastes the way wines are taste tested). Virgin olive oil that is judged to have ‘no defects’ is classified as extra. So ‘extra virgin’ means – mechanically extracted olive juice that passes laboratory and taste testing with no defects.

    Olive oil with slight defects, but that is still good for human consumption is classified as ‘Fine’. Low quality oil with numerous defects is classified as either ‘Ordinary’ or ‘Lampante’ (lamp oil). This oil is either used for industrial purposes or is chemically refined.

    What is ‘refined’ oil? Olive oil that is not suitable for human consumption is refined by a heat and chemical process. Chemically refined oil is totally insipid (0% acidity) which means it is flavorless and no quality standards stated or implied. Refined oil is mixed with virgin for color and flavor.

    What is ‘pomace’ oil? Pomace is produced by a heat and chemical process from the waste of the virgin olive oil after the virgin olive oil is extracted. It is also insipid (0% acidity) with no flavor and no quality standards stated or implied. Pomace is used as a cheap alternative to ‘refined’ olive oil in order to lower the product cost of the packers who mix it with virgin and refined oils.

    What is ‘pure’ olive oil? What is ‘light’ olive oil? What are ‘olive oil blends’?

    'Pure', 'Light', 'Extra Light', etc. are not olive oil classifications. They are mixes of refined and/or pomace with virgin oil. Mixes (or blends as packers like to call them) are generally 90-95% pomace/refined with 5–10% virgin oil. Some packers mix in seed, soybean, hazelnut or other oils.

    Is there a difference between extra virgin olive oil and the refined oil mixes? Yes. They are two entirely different products. Refined mixes are cheap to produce. Because they are sold at a premium price the mixes benefit the seller more than the consumer.

    Extra virgin olive oil is an entirely natural product and is more expensive to produce. Extra virgin olive oil is much better tasting than the refined mixes and provides all of the health benefits that are associated with olive oil.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When the olives are first pressed to extract the oil, the initial pressing produces the richest tasting oil, a.k.a., extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin is best for salad dressings and drizzling on food just before service. Regular olive oil has been refined and filtered. It is not as intensely flavored. Light olive oil is NOT lower in calories. All olive oils have the same caloric content. Light olive oil has been refined and filtered even further. It has the least amount of taste but because of the additional refining, it has a higher smoke point. Use it in recipes where you desire the health benefits of olives oil’s monosaturated fat but not the olive flavor, such as certain baked goods.

    Source(s): www.foodreference.com
  • Berke
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    whats difference olive oil extra virgin olive oil virgin olive oil

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  • jb125
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I suspect the extra virgin olive oil is the unadulterated oil and 100% pure, whereas the other two are not really that pure. Its only a guess anyway!

  • 1 decade ago

    extra virgin olive oil is lighter and overall healthier for you. But, if you want to have a richer flavor, I would use regular olive oil. Virgin olive oil undergoes a different processing that it undergoes, probably tastes good, but I either buy extra virgin or regular....

  • 1 decade ago

    believe it or not there is a big difference...olive oil can be from a lot of different trees and the olives can be mixed and matched. virgin olive oil i all the olive from the same type. extra virgin olive oil are from the same tree....the greener the oil the fresher it is, olive oil should be green and cloudy and have a slight bitter taste to it...

    Source(s): Jay Cooper Executive Chef Wyndham Resorts
  • 1 decade ago

    its when they are pressed the first pressed is called extra virgen and virgin is the second pressed they also have different acidy levels (wich mostly affects taste) and extra virgen has more anti-oxedents that help prevent cancer Pomace olive oil is processed with hexane and other solvents just as most seed oils like canola, corn, safflower, soy, etc.

  • 4 years ago

    fruits and vegetables when unripe has starches as carbohydrates and converts into fructose when it ripens.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Fruits are the immediate way to obtain vitamins, proteins, and electrolytes, so over body may easily absorb them. Found in the case of veg some of the straight eatable but some need to cooked well for enhance their taste.

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