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Sunflower Oil Fatty Acid Profiles

Sunflower oil is a healthy choice for your cooking oil needs. High in vitamin E, it has a light clean taste. There are three types available.

Linoleic sunflower oil found on grocery store shelves today is high in polyunsaturates or linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid. It is an excellent home cooking oil and salad oil with a light, clean taste, high smoke point and low level of saturated fat.

High oleic sunflower oil is premium sunflower oil with monounsaturated levels of 80% and above. It is used in food and industrial applications where high monounsaturated levels are required.

NuSun is a mid-oleic sunflower oil new to the market. Developed by standard hybrid procedures, it has a monounsaturated level (oleic) of between 55-75% with an average of about 60-65%. Saturated fat levels of 8-9% are 20% lower than linoleic sunflower oil. The balance of its composition is linoleic acid. Initial frying tests reveal NuSun works very well in commercial frying applications. It requires no hydrogenation thus eliminating the concern of trans fatty acids. The 25% linoleic presence adds the benefit of pleasing taste.

Types of Sunflower Oil and Their Fatty Acid Profiles
  Oleic/ Monounsaturated Linoleic Acid/ Polyunsaturated Saturated
Linoleic 20% 69% 11%
High Oleic 82% 9% 9%
NuSun 65% 26% 9%

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