View Full Version : Is olive oil raw?
07-01-2006, 03:33 PM
I never would have thought that olive oil was heated, is it? I have been using olive oil on my salads....
07-01-2006, 03:50 PM
Most isn't 100% raw. There are only a couple brands considered raw like Bariani (which Alissa sells).
07-01-2006, 03:56 PM
I buy a "cold pressed" olive oil which claims to hav NO HEating in it's preparation.
You can actually taste the difference. It is sold in a metal container, tin maybe, called ZOE from Spain. I'm sure Alissa has a fine brand available too.
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07-01-2006, 04:24 PM
I'm getting fed up now with the "you would assume raw but aren't" things that I've almost ditched everything I'm unsure about, including olive oil. The olive oil I buy says organic, extra virgin, unfiltered and cold pressed but apprently even that is not enough to say that it's raw.. The only things that I have now that have a question mark over raw or not are the nuts/seeds I use (why can't all nuts/seeds just be damn RAW!!!!)
07-01-2006, 08:53 PM
I'm getting fed up now with the "you would assume raw but aren't" things that I've almost ditched everything I'm unsure about, including olive oil. The olive oil I buy says organic, extra virgin, unfiltered and cold pressed but apprently even that is not enough to say that it's raw.. The only things that I have now that have a question mark over raw or not are the nuts/seeds I use (why can't all nuts/seeds just be damn RAW!!!!) I hear ya! It's quite frustrating. Every time we think we're all raw, we find out we haven't been. I have everything pretty much figured out now. Though it's tough because I need to order from a variety of sources and it gets time-consuming and costly. But at least I know I'm healthier.
07-01-2006, 08:58 PM
Wild oats sell olive oil that says that it is expelled bellow hundred degrees, and trader Joes sells one that says - just mechanicaly expreesed. My coop also sells one that is stone expressed and it says raw on it- but it is 25 dollars for a 1liter bottle.
07-01-2006, 09:27 PM
In the U.S. "cold pressed" is an unregulated term, pressed at 400F could be considered cold pressed compared to at 500F.
In some countries olive oil is actually regulated so cold pressed means cold pressed, if you want to research that and get oil from those countries, it's a possibility.
There are some out there but an easy way to make sure it's raw is just to get the Bariani.
Edit- PS I also like the hemp oil from Manitoba Hemp Harvest, under the critical temperature, and made fresh the day you place your order ;)
07-01-2006, 10:45 PM
unfortunately, the term "raw" means many different things to many different people
to the Lara bar people, it means WE didn't cook it after we put all the stuff together that we bought from other manufacturers, so we are saying it is RAW, but it isn't
in the nut world, it means not roasted, but still heated to remove any aflatoxin and mold and to detere spoilage, and rancidity
in the oil world, it means we didn't boil the heck out of the food, so it is cold pressed, but still is heated to over 280 degrees because of friction, but it isn't boiled.
in the Honey world, it means, we didn't cook it, although we did heat it to 160 degrees, to remove it from the comb, so that is why we call it raw
in the RAW world, it means not every heated above 115 degrees.
so until someone comes out with a regulated teminology for the word RAW, then we will have this dilema.
07-02-2006, 12:21 AM
Also, when you get olive oil, make sure that it not only says "Cold-Pressed", but "First Cold Pressed". Not exactly sure all the in/outs, but know it is important. I lose track with all the details.
I just can't get that pedantic about all of it. If I have a little maple syrup or raw almond butter, olive oil, nutritional yeast, not truly raw cashews, etc, I just go with the flow and do the best I can.
I am a passionate (extreme) person and I just don't want to go there on raw. I am not willing to let my thought process get so obsessed, because I KNOW me and KNOW it I don't want to go to that place emotionally. Guilt is something I will not tolerate in my life! All the should's must go "bye-bye" forever. They are more unhealthy to me than eating something, like a few tbs. of olive oil that I am not completely certain are truly raw.
I understand that being 100% raw is very important to many people for different reasons but I know for me being 95-99.999% raw on any given day and not being a freak (b/c I DO turn into a freak about stuff if I allow myself to) about it is much healthier for me.
07-02-2006, 02:34 PM
I completely agree with you, rawpawngirl. I, too, can get obsesses. My olive oil says cold pressed. My almond butter says raw, as does the honey. I figure it is better than eating something that I know is explicitly cooked. I sometimes buy olives from the olive bar at Whole Foods, and I am sure they aren't raw. But they are fresher than if they were in a can. My new motto is to just go with the flow. I feel great. That's what I am attempting to focus on now!
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07-02-2006, 03:29 PM
Just to contradict, I have to say I'm no longer having my cold-pressed, extrra virgin, unfiltered, organic olive oil now.. just because I can't be certain it's raw. You can't be 75% or 99% raw and claim your on a 100% raw food diet - it just doesn't add up. Today I've also decided to scrap the raisins and dates. I need the calories and love these foods but I don't feel as good with these and feel they may not be raw despite claiming to be naturally sun-dried. So i'll happily add 3 avocados and know I'm in safe hands :)
07-02-2006, 09:07 PM
Here's an article to explain about the differences between most olive oils & raw:
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