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Sunflower Oil: Is It Good To Use?

Sunflowers are one of the few native crops to the United States. Some sources suggest that they were first cultivated by indigenous people around 1000 BC. Farmers were attracted to sunflower seeds’ oil content when they arrived in Russia. Farmers selectively bred sunflower seeds until their oil content almost doubled.

sunflower seed oil can be used as food, medicine, or skin treatment. There are many forms of it, each with its unique formula and health benefits. Natural Sunflower oil is a very popular vegetable oil because of its mild flavor, high smoke points, and versatility


Nutrition Information

One tablespoon of sunflower oil has:

  • Calories: 120

  • Protein: 0 grams

  • 14 grams of fat

  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams

  • Fiber: 0 grams

  • Sugar: 0 grams

These vitamins can also be found in sunflower oil:

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin K

Sunflower oil has potential health benefits

Sunflower oil is high in both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This has many health benefits.

The PUFAs are omega-3s as well as omega-6s. PUFAs are good for reducing cholesterol as well as triglycerides, particularly when they are used in place of less-healthy fats.

Sunflower oil also contains monounsaturated fatty acids (or MUFAs). MUFAs can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Olive oil contains MUFAs that can help to make the Mediterranean diet healthier.

There are many types of sunflower oils you can choose from. You can choose from high oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid) or high linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid). Or it could be somewhere in-between. Because it is more stable, high-oleic sunflower oils are more commonly sold.