by Dale Johnson, Owner
We continue to hear about these health care professionals and doctors saying to never cook with sunflower oil. I’m sure these are very well meaning and highly educated professionals that are simply reading dated information about the sunflower oil industry.
Many advancements in sunflower plant breeding have been happening in recent years, which doesn’t receive the press it deserves. One such advancement has been variety-specific sunflower oil seeds. This new breeding of sunflowers has been around for a relatively short period of time, and are NOT the result of genetic engineering or genetic modification. Seed hybridization has been practiced since the mid 20th century - see this great article for in depth information.
The advancements in sunflower oil seeds began by changing the original oil profile of sunflowers from an omega 6 (linoleic acid) to a mid oleic acid oil. From there, a high oleic acid oil was hybridized, which has proven to be one of the most healthy cooking oils on the market.
Similar to olive oil, this new high oleic oil has many advantages over the very popular olive oils. High heat cooking, very long lasting fryer life, and high levels of Vitamin E are just a few of the advantages of this new sunflower oil.
In conclusion, if you hear anyone talk about sunflower oil and it’s uses, make sure they know which variety of sunflowers they’re talking about! Not all sunflower oil is the same! Century Sun Oil partners with Midwest farmers that grow ONLY these specific organic seeds to insure the integrity of the product we produce.
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