Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is a monounsaturated (MUFA)/polyunsaturated (PUFA) mixture of mostlyoleic acid (omega-9)-linoleic acid (omega-6) group of oils. Sunflower oil is high in the essential vitamin E and low in saturated fat. Refined oil can be used for low-to-extremely-high-temperature cooking (e.g., frying). Sunflower oil can be extracted using chemical solvents (e.g., hexane), or expeller pressing (i.e., squeezed directly from sunflower seeds by crushing them). Several varieties of sunflower oilseeds have been developed by standard (non-GMO) plant breeding methods. The original oilseed was high in linoleic acid (LA), a polyunsaturated ω-6 fatty acid. Taking sunflower oil dietary supplements is not an effective treatment for