Although extra virgin olive oil is great for our bodies, not every olive oil is created equally. Nicholas Coleman, a chief olive oil specialist, says that it is important for olive oil to be fresh to keep the maximum health benefits. Even if you buy from the best destributors in the world, old oil is not going to have those benefits. Choose oil carefully and keep in mind the expiration dates.

 

Here are some guidelines to make sure you pick the right oil:

 

Check the Amount of Antioxidants Contained

You can tell by a peppery taste.

 

Get the Good Stuff

Oils from Sicily, Pugila, and Tuscany are generally of good quality.

 

Pick One with a Dark Bottle

This keeps light from degrading the oil.

 

Warm the Oil Slowly

This keeps all the antioxidants intact while cooking.