What is Sunflower Oil?
Sunflower oil comes from sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus), which are packed with many nutrients, including meaningful amounts of vitamins E, A, folate, and choline. However, sunflower oil is different. First of all, it is extracted from a different type of seed than the one you’ll find in the snack aisle. Secondly, due to the way it is processed, the oil itself ends up losing a great part of its nutrient content.
It’s a high-linoleic oil that has fragile PUFAs (poly-unsaturated fatty acids) which may oxidize in a hot pan.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Sunflower Oil?
Oxidized lipids interact with free radicals, creating a domino effect of inflammation in your arteries and, in turn, accelerating the formation of arterial plaques. These pro-inflammatory conditions might accelerate not only atherosclerosis but also heart disease. Sunflower oil is also higher in Omega 6 fatty acids than Omega 3s.
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