Amber in color, sunflower oil has a light, neutral taste, making it a clear choice for chefs who want their food to shine and not be overpowered by their choice of cooking oil. Thankfully, this sought after cooking oil is quite healthy for you, even more so than the oil you may be using.
There are actually three types of sunflower oil you can procure: NuSun, high oleic, and linoleic. They are all bred from standard breeding techniques, but vary in the concentration of oleic levels, which is determined by the sunflower seeds the oil was extracted from and the climate in which the plant was grown.
Sunflower oil actually has the highest concentration of vitamin E of all the vegetable oils. Vitamin E is an encompassing name for a group of fat-soluble complexes with powerful antioxidant properties, which help to protect cells from free radicals, or cancer causing radicals in the body. Vitamin E is also an anti-inflammatory, thereby making it a healthy and natural part of your daily diet, and it will help prevent infection and disease progression as well.
Sunflower oil is also used in cosmetic production as an emollient and a moisturizer, mainly. The oil brings out youthfulness in the skin and helps make your skin supple by locking moisture in, partially because sunflower oil is easily absorbed and doesn’t tend to leave a sticky, oily film. You will also find sunflower oil in hair products because it will also moisturize dry brittle hair and dried out scalp.
While being low in saturated fats, sunflower oil is abundant in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which lowers both good and bad cholesterol. Your body needs fat in your diet for energy and proper cell function, so picking a healthy fat, such as sunflower oil, will help you to accomplish your fat intake while steering clear of unsaturated fats found in high concentration in other oils.
Consult your physician before any drastic change in your diet and report any side effects or reaction you have once making the switch to sunflower oil. As with any oil, moderation is key so limit your intake and use only what is necessary during cooking or for your beauty regiment.