Which Olive Oils Have the Most Polyphenols?
(and should I care?)
Maybe you've seen advertisements trying to get you to spend $50 or more on a bottle of "high-polyphenol" olive oil, that claims to provide some pretty miraculous health benefits.
Is it worth it?
Extra virgin olive oils made from healthy olives harvested early in the season provide higher levels of polyphenols, which have been shown to be beneficial to human health. So, that much is true.
But here's what we don't know...
What's the right amount?
Too much of anything can be harmful (even water), and experts don't agree on the ideal polyphenol level in extra virgin olive oil.
In fact, it might be more beneficial to consume moderate amounts more often.
Any extra virgin olive oil will provide a significant level of polyphenols, and you don't need to pay $200 for a liter.
(Or anywhere near that.)
Our advice is to find a nice bottle at a fair price and use it often.