Light in color and neutral in flavor, sunflower oil has one of the highest concentrations of polyunsaturated fat (69%) among cooking oils. It has some monounsaturated fat (20%) and is low in saturated fat (11%), making it an overall heart-healthy option.
Four studies have compared the heart-health effects of a diet rich in conventional sunflower oil, a polyunsaturated fat, with a diet rich in canola oil, which has more monounsaturated fat. The research concluded that sunflower oil and canola oil had similar effects: both reduced the levels of cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in the participants’ blood.
This oil is a good all-purpose oil because it can withstand high cooking temperatures.
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