Sunflower oil contains predominantly linoleic acid in triglyceride form. Its major contents are:
- Palmitic acid : 4 – 9%,
- Stearic acid : 1 – 7%,
- Oleic acid : 14 – 40%,
- Linoleic acid : 48 – 74%
Other Physical Properties:
- Smoke point (refined): 230 °C/440 °F
- Smoke point (unrefined): 107 °C/225 °F
- Density (25 ºC): 917 kg/m3
- Refractive index (25 ºC): ≈1.473.
Sunflower Oil, a blend of various nutrients and vitamins, offers a great
everyday solution for your culinary needs. It is suitable for medium to
high temperature cooking and baking. Linoleic sunflower oil, the
commonly used cooking oil, has higher levels of the essential fatty
acids called polyunsaturated fat. High oleic sunflower oils are
classified as having monounsaturated levels of 80% and above. Diets
combined with a low fat content and high levels of oleic acid have been
suggested to lower cholesterol which, in turn, results in a smaller risk
of heart disease.
- Sunflower oil is a great source of the essential fatty acids necessary for the production of prostaglandins
- Being a good source of vitamins and minerals it provides a naturally balanced diet for a healthy body
- When applied to skin, it can retain moisture in the skin
- Lower concentrations of saturated fats help in lowering the cholesterol level
- It also provides a protective barrier that resists infection in pre-term infants.