Sunflower oil, popular in cooking, is amber in appearance and light in taste. Native Americans were the first to tap into the health benefits associated with sunflower oil. Today, sunflower oil continues to be used for its healthful properties.
Types of Sunflower Oil
According to the National Sunflower Association, there are three types of sunflower oil: linoleic, high oleic, and NuSun. Linoleic sunflower oil contains high levels of polyunsaturated fat, essential fatty acids. High oleic sunflower possesses a high level of monounsaturated fat. NuSun sunflower oil contains less than ten percent saturated fat.
Sunflower oil is an excellent source of vitamin E. Sunflower oil contains more of the vitamin than any other vegetable oil. According to NutritionData.com, one teaspoon of sunflower oil has 5.5 milligrams (28 percent of the needed daily value) of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents damage to human cells.
Sunflower oil has cardiovascular benefits. Taking in less fat, especially saturated fats, is essential to lowering the risk of coronary disease. All sunflower oil contains low levels of saturated fat. Sunflower oil also reduces cholesterol and a lower cholesterol level helps to reduce the risk for heart disease.
Chefs looking for ways to provide healthy food choices incorporate sunflower oil in their cooking. Sunflower oil can be used in high temperatures, making it ideal for use in cooking and frying. Foods that are prepared with sunflower oil also stay fresher longer.
For Healthy Skin
Sunflower oil provides protection for the skin as it can be easily absorbed. It offers a protective coating that can help prevent infection and inflammation, especially in newborns with underdeveloped skin. Sunflower oil is also effective in treating acne. Skin care products, such as body wash, cleansers, and moisturizers often contain sunflower oil because of its natural power to retain skin moisture.