Quick Bytes: Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil has got many healthy benefits which show wonders on your health if consumed in recommended amounts. This oil is the most commonly used but surprisingly people are not aware of the secrets of sunflower oil. Well Sunflower oil is available in two different varieties i.e. linoleic and high oleic oil in the market. The high oleic sunflower oil is rich in MUFA and linoleic oil is rich in PUFA. What we commonly use as Sunflower oil is the lenoleic one with high amounts of PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids). Sunflower oil is also loaded with Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and also helps flaunt your skin. This lenoleic Sunflower oil has got low levels of saturated fats which ultimately reduce your risk for heart diseases. Use of Sunflower oil in proportion may also help to reduce your LDL (Bad cholesterol) levels.

Sunflower oil

Sunflower oil

Besides protecting the Heart, Sunflower oil also plays a major role in skin health. Like other oils it also retains moisture in the skin. In infants with low birth weight it provides a protective barrier on the skin from infections as it’s not fully developed. Sunflower oil is also helpful in your skin and hair care. Almost all hair and skin cosmetic products contain vitamin E in them. Vitamin E, antioxidants has an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin and protects it from infections.

Using sunflower oil as a moisturizer on your skin will help you flaunt the glowing skin. It is not sticky and can easily be absorbed into the skin. The present antioxidants in the oil helps it fights against the cancer causing free radicals. The loaded vitamin E also protects you from Arthritis, colon and other cancer and also helps to build body’s Immunity.

With all these health benefits Sunflower oils surely gets a place in your kitchen. But you should also remember that using this oil in continuous and larger amounts may increase the likelihood postmenopausal women to develop breast cancer. A similar effect may be there in case of prostate cancer. Overuse may also lead to depression.

Because sunflower oil is primarily composed of healthier PUFA which is not much stable, it is susceptible to get damage in light and heat. Keeping the oil at low temperature both during processing and storage will avoid nutrient loss and also minimize chances of rancidity.

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