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Sunflower Oil Health Benefits

Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil compressed from sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seeds. Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient.

 

Sunflower oil also contains lecithin, tocopherols, carotenoids and waxes. Sunflower oil’s properties are typical of vegetable triglyceride oil.

 

Sunflower oil is light in taste and appearance and has high vitamin E content. Its nutritious composition makes it one of the healthiest oils for consumption as well as application on skin and hair.

 

The main component of sunflower oil is linoleic acid. Its other components include oleic acid and palmitic acid.

 

Sunflower oil has a large number of benefits which help in keeping the body healthy and strong.

 

Though it is included in the list of high fat items, it is gaining popularity as cooking oil due to its wide variety of health enhancing nutrients.

 

The perfect balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats makes it perfect for reducing the levels of bad cholesterol.

 

Sunflower oil also contains proteins, which are vital for building and repairing tissues and production of hormones and enzymes.

 

Our body requires high amounts of proteins. Since the body does not store proteins, it has to be consumed, and sunflower oil fulfils this requirement.

 

Sunflower oil is a natural and healthy way of maintaining a great skin, thanks to its calming and emollient (moisturizing) properties.

 

Being rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes and is found to be effective against acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.

 

Sunflower oil is low in saturated fatty acids, which are unhealthy because they raise your cholesterol levels.

 

It is cholesterol-free and sodium-free, and it makes a healthy substitute for salted butter, which is high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

 

Sunflower oil is also naturally free from Trans fats, but it can contain trans fats if you eat processed, partially hydrogenated oil as an ingredient in packaged foods.

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