It is hard to find an Indian household that hasn’t used Sunflower oil for cooking at some point. In fact, refined sunflower oil has adorned the Indian market and kitchen shelves for generations. But how many of us know the actual benefits of cooking with sunflower oil? No, we are not just talking about the vague its-good-for-the-heart benefit that you read on the pack; we are talking about a detailed understanding of its nutritive value. Stumped? Well, read on and stay informed –
Composition: Sunflower oil is composed of Oleic/ Monounsaturated fatty acid and linoleic/ Polyunsaturated fatty acid. It has minimal saturated fats. The oil is rich in Vitamin E, and refined sunflower oil is further fortified with Vitamin A & K. Refined sunflower oil is great for high heat Indian cooking as its smoke point is close to 232°.
Benefits Of Nutrients Present In Refined Sunflower Oil –
Packed with Vitamin A, E and K (fact: sunflower oil contains more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil), sunflower refined oil is extremely beneficial for your overall health. The concentrated vitamins A and E specifically help boost the regeneration of damaged skin cells and will give you a glowing face with age-defying properties. Atopic application also provides deep moisturisation and reduces conditions such as eczema and acne.
Vitamin E is well known to be an effective antioxidant and offers protection from the ill-effects of free radicals. It boosts immunity against bacterial and viral infections and can significantly reduce the chance of getting several types of cancer such as colon, lung and skin cancers.
Benefits Of Fats Present In Refined Sunflower Oil –
As mentioned above, sunflower oil is high on polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. High oleic (i.e. monosaturated fatty acid) has been proven to help reduce high cholesterol levels and by extension, cardiovascular disease.
Research has proven that a diet rich in high oleic sunflower oil can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) in blood and can lead to an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.
Low level of saturated fats is also associated with the discharge of glycogen which can give you lots of energy. Similarly, using oil comprised mostly of monounsaturated fats is good for the digestive system as it is much lighter and easy to absorb – this is one reason that we see people switching from traditionally favoured saturated oils such as coconut oil or ghee to refined sunflower oil.
We hope with a scientific understanding of the benefits of sunflower oil; you can cook with confidence and complete peace of mind – rest assured that your family’s and your health are completely taken care of. India has several sunflower oil manufacturers, and Kriti Refined Oil is one of the oldest in central India. We have been producing high-quality cooking oil for close to 3 decades and supply our range of products across the nation. So, the next time you buy cooking oil, don’t forget to ask your neighbourhood shopkeeper for our brand!