The list of olive oils to ban from your shopping list!

Verified on 15/11/2023 by Alexane Flament, Editor
La liste des huiles d'olive à bannir de votre liste de courses !

France is one of the world’s biggest consumers of olive oil! According to one study, the French consume almost 110,000 tonnes every year!

But are the products we eat always healthy?

The magazine 60 millions de consommateurs (60 million consumers) looked into the subject and analyzed 24 olive oil references in detail. Here are their results!

Olive oils containing endocrine disruptors

Plasticizers, chemicals… 23 references analyzed contained between 1 and 3 plasticizers! These include several endocrine disruptors and reprotoxins, substances that can impair fertility.

These substances include di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), a phthalate used as an additive in plastics to increase their flexibility.

Followed by diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), classified as an endocrine disruptor and reprotoxicant, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Names that are hard to understand, but substances that are not without health risks!

Indeed, regulations prohibit the use of phthalate-containing materials in the production and storage chain for fats such as olive oil.

The results of 60 millions de consommateurs warn against 4 olive oils containing the 2 most problematic phthalates: Naturalia  » Vierge extra Like a Virgin « , La Vie Claire  » Vierge extra « , Cauvin bio «  La bio  » and Terra Delyssa  » Vierge extra « .

Olive oils containing hydrocarbons

The results are even more astounding when it comes to hydrocarbons in mineral oils!

These substances fall into two categories: MOSHs (saturated hydrocarbons from mineral oils) and MOAHs (aromatic hydrocarbons from mineral oils), which are the most problematic due to their carcinogenic and genotoxic properties.

These two hydrocarbons are unfortunately present in 5 olive oils analyzed, including the following references: Simplement bon et bio (Aldi)  » Vierge extra « , Bio Village (E. Leclerc brand)  » Vierge extra  » and Carapelli bio  » Vierge extra classico « .

According to the magazine 60 millions de consommateurs, their MOAH content is close to 2 mg/kg, i.e. at the limit of what is acceptable, beyond which product recall is guaranteed!