What's the difference between virgin and extra virgin?

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Extra vir­gin olive oil has a max­i­mum acid­ity of 0.8% and can have no defects. Virgin olive oil can have acid­ity up to 2.0% and a median of defects between zero and 2.5 in a tast­ing by a trained panel. In other words, extra vir­gin olive oil tastes bet­ter and is health­ier for you. But vir­gin olive oil is still bet­ter than other cook­ing oils and can cost less than EVOO.

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