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FODMAP Everyday’s Recommendations for Commercial Garlic-Infused Oils

If you have not yet read our article “Know What’s In Your Garlic Oil” we highly recommend you do that first.

Please note that in our extended communication with Monash University during the development of our own recipe for Low FODMAP Garlic-Infused Oil, we learned how they begin to make decisions about what garlic oils are considered appropriate for the low FODMAP diet and which are not. We have used that information to inform this article as well as the information in our sister article, Know What’s In Your Garlic Oil. Ultimately, if a product is not certified, we invite you to use the knowledge presented here to make your own best decision as an informed consumer.

We Did All the Detective Work for You: Low FODMAP Garlic-Infused Oils Explained

We have contacted all of the following manufacturers below to discuss their garlic oil products to get the most thorough and accurate information to help you navigate the various garlic oil options available. 

  • Note that our recommendations contradict some information on other FODMAP sites and in books.

    We stand by our findings. It is our belief that other recommendations have been made based on what the labels say, only. Unfortunately you have to really dig to get answers, which we found out during our conversations with the oil manufacturers; the labels are not always as they appear. Rest assured that the following brands that we do recommend are, to the best of our knowledge, suitable for you to use and in fact we use them in our Test Kitchen. 

  • On the other hand, the brands that we do not recommend are in that grouping for a variety of reasons.

    While the recommended oils were all confirmed as containing low FODMAP ingredients and prepared in an appropriate manner, we did not have such clear communication with all oil producers. Some provided information where it was very clear that the product was not okay for the low FODMAP diet. Others either refused to give us complete information or the information provided was insufficient. In any of these cases the oils are on our Not Recommended list, as we err on the side of caution. Do make sure to read individual entries, though.

  • Our recommendation is not a certification or medical recommendation

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Price is No Indicator

One interesting revelation during our investigation was the matter of price. There were oils using unapproved FODMAP flavorings that were very expensive and ones that we like that were half of that. There were bottles with identical ingredients that varied in price by as much as 100%. In general, price was not an indicator.

Recommended Brands of Low FODMAP Garlic Oils

This oil is the first low FODMAP garlic infused oil to be certified by Monash University and the oil we use in our Test Kitchen. FODY makes many low FODMAP products and if you are not familiar with their line, it is worth a look. We had direct communication with FODY and they explained that they use fresh garlic and olive oil, infusing the garlic and then removing all solids. Their label states “Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic (<0.5%)”. The company also touts that the product is gluten-free and non-GMO.

  • Boyajian Garlic Oil

    The front label simply says “Garlic Oil”; the company does use a true infusion method and this item is low-FODMAP. It also has no additives: the ingredients are simply pure olive oil, extra-virgin olive oil and garlic (as seen below). This company is based in Canton, MA and their products (they have many infused flavors) are easy to find online and in many specialty food stores. We use their oils in our Test Kitchen.

  • Cobram Estate Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Cobram Estate Roasted Onion Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Both of these Australian-made flavored oils have gone through a certification process and have been lab tested to be low FODMAP.

  • Garlic Gold Oil

    This product meets our recommendation profile. According to the manufacturer they use fresh garlic and infuse it in the oil and all the garlic solids are removed. Ingredients are listed as “pure organic extra virgin olive oil infused with the full rich flavor of pure organic garlic”, which doesn’t tell you the FODMAP story, but we spoke with them and are confident in their processing technique. And they are USDA Organic.

  • La Tourangelle Fresh Infused Garlic Oil

    This California company has a wide range of other flavored infused oils as well. This oil is garlic infused sunflower oil. The ingredients are organic high-oleic sunflower oil, sunflower oil and garlic packed in a light proof tin can with an easy pour spout (see back can below). Very high quality and highly recommended.

  • O Roasted Garlic Olive Oil

    We love the O Olive Oil products, both their oils and vinegars. The quality is very high and the packaging is gift-worthy. Their manufacturing process for this product is as follows: “Garlic is slow roasted in vegetable oil, then removed from the oil. Never crushed. The garlic flavored-vegetable oil is then used to flavor the olive oil.” We love this oil and you can see the label below. By the way, they also have O Jalapeno Garlic Olive Oil, but this oil is made from crushing the garlic (and jalapenos) with the fresh olives, so this one is not low FODMAP. Make sure you buy the right one.

  • Texana Brand Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

This one was a happy surprise. The website does not list ingredients, but we discussed our needs with the manufacturer and they assured us that they roast garlic themselves, add the roasted garlic to a carrier oil and then add they oil to their olive oil. This allows them control the level of garlic flavor consistently and would not allow fructans to be present in the final product.

NOT Recommended Brands of Low FODMAP Garlic Infused Oils

High FODMAP, Suspect or Impossible to Determine Garlic Flavored Oils

We do not recommend the following oils as the garlic component might have allowed fructans to be present in the finished product. These haven’t been formally tested so we do not know for sure, but with so many choices that we do recommend (see above), why take the chance? The one caveat is that some of these oils are often on the lower end price wise so you might want to try them and seeing how you fare. If you do well with them you will save money and be able to enjoy garlic flavor. Only you can be the judge.

  • Bella Oliva Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The flavors of slow roasted garlic are added through flavorings. Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil and 100% natural flavor.

  • Benissimo Gourmet Roasted Garlic Oil

    The ingredients listed are canola and extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, minced garlic, thyme, oregano and pure garlic oil. The ingredients present a whole bunch of issues but the minced garlic visually present in the bottle makes this off limits right away. Note that the front label product name does not give you the whole story.

  • Bib’s Passion Oil Garlic Infused Olive Oil

This online company makes small batches and after communication with them, it appears that they sometimes vary their ingredients and process, so we cannot recommend the product. They sometimes use garlic essential oil and sometimes use dehydrated garlic and we do not know the FODMAP content of the latter or how it would perform being integrated into an oil from a FODMAP perspective.

  • California Olive Ranch Roasted Garlic Oil

    Ingredient label states extra-virgin olive oil, naturally roasted garlic flavor.

  • Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    No ingredients were listed on the website, which was surprising given the large size of this company. Communication with corporate told us that they use garlic essence as well as natural flavors combined with their olive oil.

  • Dean & Deluca Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients not listed on their website. A call to their corporate customer service told us that the product contains extra virgin olive oil, garlic and natural garlic flavoring. Not recommended.

  • DeLallo Dipping Oil, Garlic Flavored

    From the front label you should know that this would not be suitable. The word “flavored” gives it away and when you read the ingredients you will see “garlic essence”.

  • Durkee Liquid Garlic

We had high hopes for the concept of this product. What if there was a garlic concentrate that we could use in our cooking? Unfortunately, the ingredient list is cottonseed oil and oil of garlic. Neither is to be recommended. Cottonseed oil is often derived from crops that receive heavy pesticide use and oil of garlic is on our no-go list.

  • Olivers Heady Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The bottles do not list ingredients. The company representative told us that the product is produced for them and the only information they are given is that an “all natural flavor infusion” is used. Not enough information to recommend.

  • Fondo di Toscana Double Roasted Garlic Oil

Ingredients list extra virgin olive oil and natural garlic flavor. Not recommended.

  • Giusto Sapore Italian Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Ingredients listed as extra virgin olive oil and natural garlic flavor.

  • International Garlic Flavored Oil (UK)

With ingredients of olive oil and natural extracts of garlic, we cannot recommend it.

  • Jansal Valley Double Roasted Garlic Oil

Curiously this label and the ingredient list are quite out of sync. The product not only contains extra virgin olive oil and roasted garlic but balsamic vinegar and herbs as well. Sounds delicious but not necessarily low FODMAP.

  • Lucini Robust Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 A pricey oil with high FODMAP ingredients: “premium select extra virgin olive Oil®” and essential oil of fresh garlic.

  • Mantova Garlic Flavored Olive Oil

    This company offers two variations of a garlic flavored oil. One uses essential oil of garlic, while the second uses essential oil of garlic as well as dehydrated garlic pieces. We cannot assuredly recommend either, although in communication with the Italian manufacturer, they state that the one that only uses essential garlic oil is free from any carbohydrates. We suspect that this would mean they might pass muster with one of the certification programs, but until they formally submit their product, we will keep them on this list. Perhaps this would be a product to try and assess for oneself.

  • Olive Tap Roasted Garlic Olive Oil

Ingredients are listed as extra virgin olive oil and natural flavors. Pass it by.

  • Oliveto Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Yet another example of the front label saying “infused”, the description saying “fresh pungent garlic” and in actuality, the ingredients are extra virgin olive oil and essential oil of garlic.

  • Oliviers & Co. Olive & Garlic Oil

This company has many high-quality products – we love their Everyday Olive Oil that even works for higher heat frying. The garlic oil, however, would not be appropriate for FODMAPers as it is made by pressing the fresh olives and garlic together, which would allow FODMAPs to leach into the product. Their label reads: extra virgin olive oil 99%, garlic 1%.

  • Pampered Chef Garlic Infused Canola Oil

This company does not make its own products and would not provide any further information on the product’s manufacture. Ingredients state canola oil and fresh garlic but we have no additional information and therefore do not recommend it.

  • Pastene Garlic Oil

The ingredients read “Pure Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Fresh Garlic”. We did some digging with their corporate representatives and unfortuantely they would not divulge any production information, which lands it on our not recommended list.

  • Roland Garlic Oil

Ingredients are canola oil and garlic extract. Not recommended.

  • Scott’s Food Products Garlic Oil

This online company produces a garlic-flavored oil that lists ingredients as canola oil flavored with garlic. We had extended discussions with them about what their label meant, in regards to sussing out potential FODMAP content. They said they had a “company policy to keep this information proprietary”. This oil has been recommended on other FODMAP sites, but we cannot recommend it with surety.

  • Sonoma Canyon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Garlic Infused

This brand contains California extra virgin olive oil cold pressed & unfiltered and natural garlic flavor.

  • Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Oil

This one bothered us because we got far along in conversations with them, but then they ceased communicating. This is a well-known company with a long and well-received history in the specialty food arena. The ingredients of this product are stated as pure olive oil, canola oil and garlic. Their company representative assured us that “no artificial flavors or ingredients other than roasted garlic are used during the infusion process”, but we are still unclear as to their production process. They also said, “anecdotally, the vendor revealed that they’ve received many comments from consumers with IBS that the Roasted Garlic Oil is the only product with real garlic that doesn’t cause them discomfort.” We cannot heartily recommend this oil as too many questions were unanswered, but perhaps you would like to try it and see how you do.

  • Tastefully Simple Roasted Garlic-Infused Oil

Ingredients are olive oil, canola oil, natural roasted garlic flavor. Note that this is an example of a label that says “Infused” and yet a true infusion process is not used to create the garlic flavor.

  • Trader Joe’s Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil

This brand lists as the ingredients organic extra-virgin olive oil and organic natural garlic flavor. We have no idea what they mean by “organic natural” flavor. Also the word “Flavored” on the front label is very small compared to the other words and is misleading to the consumer. Communication with corporate provided no further answers.

  • Vervana California Cold-Pressed Crushed Garlic Olive Oil

This oil has a vibrant garlic flavor due to the fact that the garlic is crushed along with the olives themselves. The issue with this is that the fructans leach into the water content of the olives, which would most probably yield a high FODMAP garlic flavored olive oil. Note that the ingredient list states: Extra virgin California olive oil, fresh garlic. This alone does not give you the information that you need. 

  • Wild Groves Toasted Garlic Olive Oil

Dewey Lucero and his family make some wonderful California olive oils including one they call their Kitchen Blend, which has a smooth and buttery profile, suitable for everyday use. Their garlic oil, however, does not use fresh garlic and does rely on flavorings, so we cannot recommend that item.

  • Salute Santé Roasted Garlic Infused Grapeseed Oil

This was one of the products that did not list ingredients on their website. We spoke directly with and had email communications with this manufacturer and they stated that their product is made with garlic extract that is made from a distillation process.

  • Williams-Sonoma Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Another name we know, but unfortunately, the ingredients are not definitively low FODMAP. They are listed as: California extra-virgin olive oil (cold pressed and unfiltered), garlic oil. Very surprisingly several emails and phone calls to their corporate offices left unanswered questions.

  • Sonoma Farm Organic Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic Grape Seed Oil:

We tried repeatedly to get this company to answer our inquiries to no avail. Their ingredients state oil and garlic with no clarifications.

Our Takeaway

Be prudent. There are garlic-infused oils that we believe are safe for FODMAPers to use, based on the available information from current FODMAP research and the oil manufacturers themselves. Certainly, oils that have been through a certification process are safe. (And we will update this article as more go through this process). Oils made in the true infusion manner, such as our homemade recipes, are safe and then there are also the commercial oils in our recommended grouping above that would most likely be okay for FODMAPers. In fact, you can watch our video on how to make your own Garlic-Infused Oil to inspire you.

We also recognize that you use oil in small to moderate quantities, but again, we are erring on the side of caution. Now, if you have a bottle of garlic oil that your digestive system has been happy with, then by all means, keep using it.

Now you can get your garlic fix!

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