The Best OLIVE OILS What’s the best bottle for your money? Real Simple staffers and Nicholas Coleman, the chief olive-oil specialist at Eataly, New York City’s Italian-food mecca, sampled nearly 100 to find out.
Why buy extra-virgin olive oil: Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and research shows that monounsaturated fats help keep “bad” LDL cholesterol low and boost levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. In addition, extra-virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants called polyphenols that have been linked to heart health. “Pure” olive oil (i.e., not virgin) doesn’t contain these “bonus” antioxidants.