Sunflower oil is a cold-pressed, non-volatile cooking oil that contains no trans fats, thus it is a popular fat for cooking natural and/or organic snacks and has recently become an often-used cooking oil. Sunflower oil is high in vitamin E, lecithin, and omega-6. Because of its healthful benefits, sunflower oil is common in most Americans’ diets. Its clean, mild taste and high smoking point (450 degrees), along with its ease of cultivation make it a favorite in the processed food industry.
The main producers of sunflower oil, which is easily extracted from sunflowers, are Russia, Ukraine and Argentina, but it is used throughout the world in the preparation of many cuisines. It also has various uses aside from cooking, including use as an ingredient in cosmetics like lip balms and skin creams, and as a cholesterol-lowering heart medicine.
There are many health benefits of sunflower oil, including its ability to improve heart health, boost energy, strengthen the immune system, improve skin health, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, protect against asthma and reduce inflammation.