Experts have spilled plenty of ink about which cooking oil is healthiest. In the early 2000s, people began to turn their attention toward oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids, like avocado, coconut, and extra-virgin olive oil.
But all this fuss has left one unsung hero in the dust: sunflower oil. Sunflower oil offers tremendous full-body health benefits–and it tastes great, too! Here are just a few reasons why sunflower oil should be the next ingredient you add to your kitchen.
What Is Sunflower Oil?
Sunflower oil is a vegetable oil, naturally extracted from sunflower seeds. It’s made and used all around the world, in a variety of international cuisines and dishes, and is a terrific substitute for unhealthy cooking oils.
Like many other refined oils, sunflower oil is a high-heat oil, which makes it easy to cook with. Not only does sunflower oil have a mild, pleasant taste, it also offers a slew of additional health and taste benefits that people can take advantage of when eating it or cooking with it.
At Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters, we use sunflower oil as the main ingredient in many of our products because it provides a slew of benefits, which make the butters both tasty and nutritious!
Here are some important reasons why sunflower seed oil gets used in our nut and seed butters:
Why Include Sunflower Oil in the Things You Create in the Kitchen?
If you are uncertain about cooking with sunflower oil, it can help to learn a little bit more about why Betsy’s Best uses sunflower oil in its products to make them even better. Then you can understand why you may want to choose it as an ingredient. Here are the 5 best benefits of sunflower oil, and why it just might be the unsung hero of Betsy’s Best products.
Sunflower Oil is Remarkably High in Vitamins and Minerals
Sunflower oil has a number of vitamins and minerals in it. These include Iron, Vitamin B, Vitamin A, calcium, nitrogen, and phosphate. The oil also has Vitamin E in it. This means that if you use sunflower oil for cooking, it won’t just add fat and flavor to a meal, but also many healthful ingredients.
Sunflower Oil is Low in Saturated Fat and Trans Fat
Saturated fat is the type of fat that comes from animal sources and can clog arteries and cause heart disease, while unsaturated fats are healthier for your body. Fortunately, sunflower oil is low in saturated fat and is mostly made of unsaturated fats. In fact, experts believe that more than 80% of its fat is monounsaturated, which is the healthiest type of fat people consume. Sunflower oil is also low in trans fat.
Sunflower Oil is High in Iron
Anyone who has an iron deficiency doesn’t only need to focus on upping their red meat intake. They can also benefit from eating sunflower oil. That’s because it has the third highest content of iron of all foods–second only behind liver and egg yolks.
Sunflower Oil Has Medicinal Properties
Some studies have shown that sunflower oil has medicinal properties. These include acting as a safe, natural diuretic and usage as a healthy expectorant when a person has a cough.
Sunflower Oil is Anti-Inflammatory
Some studies suggest that sunflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the linoleic acid that is in the oil. Doctors believe these that these properties could result in a myriad of health benefits, including improving the appearance and health of skin.
Sunflower Oil Makes Food Taste Good
Sunflower oil is light and mild. This means that it won’t overpower other flavors in food, but that it can still add a slightly nutty taste. The oil is light in color, as well, so it won’t darken dishes. Sunflower oil is tasty enough to eat it on its own, and many people use it as an oil alternative in a salad dressing.
Sunflower Oil Keeps Things Spreadable
When making nut and seed butters, sunflower oil can help keep the butters creamy. This means that they will be spreadable on your favorite crackers and bread, even over time.
Sunflower Oil: a Key Ingredients in Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters
If you are trying to choose a cooking oil to use in your food, and you want one that has health benefits and one that will simultaneously improve the flavor of dishes, do what we do at Betsy’s Best, and look no further than sunflower oil. We infuse sunflower oil into most of our nut and seed butters in order to make them healthy, tasty, and spreadable.
Sunflower oil is a hidden gem of the culinary world, and it can up the taste game of your meals and ensure the delicious dishes you prepare keep bellies full, mouths happy, and bodies healthy–just like Betsy’s Best Nut and Seed Butters do.