Difference Between Refined and Unrefined Sunflower Oil

There is no cuisine or culture in the world that doesn’t rely heavily on oil in its cooking process and diet. But despite being such an essential part of our daily lives, there is a lot of misinformation about oils in general and refined oils in particular.

To ensure you have the right information while shopping for your family, we have put together some differences between unrefined and refined sunflower oil –

First, a bit about Sunflower oil and some of its benefits

Extracted from the seeds of the sunflower, this oil is an extremely popular cooking oil across India. It has an array of health benefits such as it lowers cholesterol, improves overall immunity of the body, enhances energy levels, and is rich in antioxidants that provide cancer prevention. 

Refined Vs. Unrefined Sunflower Oil

  Unrefined Sunflower Oil Refined Sunflower Oil
Extraction Process   Unrefined sunflower oil is extracted by cold pressing sunflower seeds.     Refined sunflower oil for cooking is extracted by applying a scientific process that extracts the maximum amount of oil from the seed.  
Contaminants   Soluble contaminants such as gums, colourants, waxes, and some chemicals mix with the oil during the extraction process and remain in the final bottle of unrefined oils  that is used for cooking.  Crude sunflower oil contains gums, free fatty acids, colouring pigments, moisture, metallic element, waxes, and other impurities. The refining process removes all these undesirable contaminants from the oil using various physical and chemical refining processes, making it safe for consumption.
Nutrients   Sunflower oil is naturally high in healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids and is a direct source of vitamin E and Omega 6.   In its natural state, it also contains a small amount of vitamin K.     Along with the natural Vitamin E, Omega 6 and Vitamin K, refined sunflower oil is fortified with  Vitamin A & D.   The refining process also ensures a healthy PUFA (Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acid) limit. For example, refined sunflower oil by Kriti Refined Oil has 60% PUFA making it exceptionally light.
Smoke Point   Unrefined sunflower oil has a low smoking point, which makes it unsuitable for high-heat cooking, such as deep-frying.   If the oil is heated beyond its smoke point, it breaks down and loses much of its flavour. From the point of view of Indian cooking habits, which usually involves tadkas, stir-frying and deep-frying, refined sunflower oil has a decided advantage as it has a high smoke point.

We hope the above mentioned facts have established the main differences between unrefined and refined sunflower oil for cooking and will enable you to choose wisely.

If you are looking for high-quality refined sunflower oil manufacturers in India, then do try Kriti Refined Oil products. Our refined sunflower oil is manufactured using best quality sunflower seeds and is produced and packed in a sophisticated and hygienically controlled manufacturing unit. With 60% PUFA and filled with the goodness of Omega 6, Vitamin A, D & E Kriti Refined Sunflower Oil guarantees to keep you and your family healthy for years to come

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