Sunflower Oil

 

Sunflower seed oil is one of the healthiest of oils available for cooking. It is light golden-yellow in color and does not have a distinct flavor or taste, thus making it versatile for any type of cuisine. It relatively heats stable and can withstand frying temperatures.  Fried Indian sweets like boondi laddu, artisan, jalebi, and gulab jamun are best made with sunflower oil.

 

 
 

The sunflower head is a cluster of thousands of florets on a modified flat stem.  The outer florets have large yellow petals and are sterile. The inside florets are arranged in a spiral pattern on a disc and these develop into seeds.  Sunflower seeds are miracle food packed with healthy minerals and vitamins. They are also used to produce biodiesel.  The sunflower head is a geometric marvel as the seeds are arranged in a logarithmic spiral reflecting the Fibonacci numbers on it.

Organic cold-pressed sunflower oil is known to effectively cut down cholesterol due to the combination of fatty acids found in it. It is a great source of linolenic acid, which cannot be synthesized by the human body.

Sunflower oil is mainly a triglyceride and has a large amount of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. The composition is as follows:

  • Palmitic acid  (saturated): 5%
  • Stearic acid (saturated): 6%,
  • Oleic acid (monounsaturated omega 9): 30%
  •  Linoleic acid (polyunsaturated omega 6): 59%

It also has high amounts of Vitamin E which benefits your skin. It has the ability to enhance energy and immunity levels, improve your skin health, avert cancer, bring down cholesterol, give relief in arthritis, and guard against asthma.

Sunflower, the flower that always faces the sun, stands for positivity, loyalty, constancy, and adoration. For farmers, it is symbolic of bounty and harvest. Vincent van Gogh painted an entire series on sunflowers to depict the whims and fancies of time.