We are all familiar with the big and bright sunflower. With its yellow petals, large brown center and super tall stems, these beauties are hard to miss! But did you know the oil harvested from this plant has big health benefits too? Made by compressing the seeds of the flower Helianthus annuus, sunflower oil is light yellow in color and has a mild and pleasant flavor.
Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters come in distinctive flavors people love, all crafted from healthy and natural ingredients. From chia seeds, cardamom and cinnamon to organic honey, Himalayan pink salt and sunflower oil, our ingredients are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free and fantastic for you, with no chemicals or preservatives.
If you’re wondering what exactly makes sunflower oil so great for you – keep reading!
What are the Health Benefits of Sunflower Oil?
No secrets here – sunflower oil is not a low-fat food. But it is popular for cooking and seasoning due to the high levels of healthy nutrients it contains.
Sunflower oil keeps you looking and feeling great inside and out. Health benefits of sunflower oil include prevention of arthritis, colon cancer and other cancers, lowered cholesterol, healthy skin and hair, improved immune health, and more.
Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Sunflower oil includes the nutrients selenium, choline, and phenolic acid. This trio of heart-healthy phytochemicals play a big role in reducing the risk of cardiac problems. Between these nutrients and the high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in sunflower oil, it’s one of the healthiest oils out there. So, it’s no coincidence that you’ll find it in our gourmet nut and seed butters.
Fights Free Radicals & Provides Energy
The abundance of antioxidants found in sunflower oil help to neutralize the harmful free radicals that cause cancer. Meanwhile, the oil’s vitamin B content is good for nervous system health and proper digestion. It’s also a great source of protein-rich, plant-based energy.
Promotes Healthy Skin
You’ve probably heard that vitamin E is great for your skin. The good news is, sunflower oil is packed with it! Sunflower oil contains more vitamin E than any other cooking oil. Vitamin E helps regenerate cells and prevent sun damage, while the antioxidants in sunflower oil protect your skin from premature signs of aging.
Boosts Immune System and Wards off Infection
The vitamin E found in sunflower oil packs a multi-faceted punch when it comes to health benefits. In addition to helping your skin look great, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant to boost your immune system and prevent infection. Sunflower oil strengthens your skin’s membrane barriers, making it harder for bacteria and viruses to enter the body. For this reason, it’s recommended for infants as a safe and natural barrier to infection.
Yes, sunflower oil is high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat! The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (mostly linoleic and high oleic acids) found in sunflower oil are great for keeping cholesterol levels in check. A moderate intake of foods rich in these healthy fats can actually lower cholesterol. And when you’re eating something as delicious as our craveable nut and seed butters, it’s a win-win!
A delicious spoonful of Betsy’s Best can stand alone, but it’s also the perfect addition to a variety of food items. Whichever of our blends you choose to fall in love with, you can know it’s made with healthy ingredients that are as good for you as they taste. That’s Betsy’s Best.