Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of sunflower. It is used for cooking and frying and also as an emollient n the cosmetic formulations. Let’s see what sunflower benefits are and why it is considered the healthiest cooking oil:
High Vitamin Content
It has a high quantity of vitamin E, in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which makes it excellent for being used in cooking.
High Smoking Point
It has a high smoking point, which means that sunflower oil holds on to its nutritional content at higher temperatures.
High Linoleic Acid Content
As a form of cooking and frying oil, the high linoleic acid content in sunflower oil is considered to be a desirable constituent. Of course, the linoleic acid also leads to storage problems due to oxidation resulting in off-flavours and rancidity. It is, therefore, highly desirable to use appropriate antioxidant(s) in prescribed quantities to improve its shelf life during storage.
Use High Oleic Sunflower Oil Variety
Look for the high oleic variety of sunflower oil for deep-frying. High oleic oil is high in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and has no harmful trans-fat.