The Health Benefits
The Vege Chip Company has always been forward thinking in ways to produce healthier snack products that taste great; We earnestly looked at what was the best oil to cook our chips in and concluded that sunflower oil ticked all the good boxes. It is healthy, tasty and can be produced from sunflower crops that use environmentally sustainable farming techniques.
Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower plant. High in vitamin E, sunflower oil is light in taste and appearance . We use premium sunflower oil that is low in saturated fat and has high monounsaturated levels of 80% and above.
Sunflower Oil Health Benefits:
Sunflower oil of any kind has been shown to have cardiovascular benefits. Diets combined with a low fat content and high levels of oleic acid have been suggested to lower cholesterol which, in turn, results in a smaller risk of heart disease. Bursting with antioxidants, consumption of this oil helps in maintaining the health of the person.
Sunflower oil is rich in various minerals like calcium, manganese, phosphorous, copper and zinc. Iron and potassium are also found in plenty in this oil. Sunflower oil also contains palmitic acid, stearic acid as well as lecithin.
Folic acid is also present in this oil which facilitates the growth of new cells regularly in the body. Selenium, which helps in preventing cancer, is also found in abundance in the sunflower oil. The antioxidant properties of this oil, due to the high amount of vitamin E present in it, keep the cancer causing free radicals at bay.
The high amount of vitamin E present in the sunflower oil helps in keeping the cells of the body moisturized. Regular consumption of sunflower oil also reduces the likelihood of suffering from any heart diseases and reduces the chances of arthritis and asthma.
When purchasing sunflower oil for your cooking at home please make sure you purchase a quality brand that is GMO free.
Sunflowers originated in North America and were then introduced into Europe. They are believed to have been grown first in Mexico by the native Indians as far back as 3000 B.C. The seeds were ground or pounded and used in flour for bread making. Spanish explorers introduced this exotic plant into Europe around middle of sixteenth century. Still, it was greatly used for ornamental purpose, until it was cultivated by the Russians for oil.
The Russians cultivated sunflowers for its oil in the middle of the eighteenth century, and production on a commercial basis started only in the nineteenth century. Two varieties were grown, the oil yielding type, and another one for direct consumption. Sunflower seeds were taken back to America around this time, where new, high yielding hybrids were grown. In the 1950’s, sunflower oil was popularized as an important vegetable oil all around the world. Sunflower oil is very popular in Europe and it is the third most important vegetable oil of the world.