Golden, light and healthy-sunflower oil is naturally extracted from sunflower seeds and bears a subtle taste. The oils are refined through different processes such as express and solvent refined to make them edible. The Indian Standard (IS 4277:2014) though prescribes different grades of the oil, however, both expressed and refined grade of solvent extracted are recommended for edible purposes. Here one should note that, high oleic sunflower oil should be avoided as this is largely monounsaturated and has a high smoke point. To make the buying decision simpler for consumers, our team tested 12 sunflower oils brands and ranked them as per the test results.
How To Best Match Your Oils To Foods
- One of the most important things to keep in mind is that oil behaves differently when heated – it changes texture, colour, taste and nutritional properties. When the oil reaches its smoking point, a lot of the nutrients are destroyed and it can sometimes form harmful compounds.
- The only way to ensure that you consume healthy oil is by switching between two-three of them – for instance, by using groundnut oil one month and then using sunflower oil/mustard oil in another. Any single oil alone is not preferred.
- Blending oils is another option, whereby you take equal proportions of different oils in one container and then use it. This way you do not get prolonged exposure to the side effects of one type of oil and also get the benefits of different oils.
- You could also have two or more different kinds of oils in your kitchen which you could use for different purposes. For example, you could use olive oil for salads, groundnut/rice bran oil for frying, and mustard/soybean/sunflower oil for other cooking purposes. This will let you avail of the health benefits offered by each oil brand.
Each brand was evaluated on parameters including fatty acid composition, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, saturated fatty acids, MUFA, PUFA, trans fats, moisture and insoluble impurities, refractive index, acid value, saponification value, unsaponifiable matter, unsaponifiable matter among others. The brands which were tested included Gemini, Emami, Dhara, Fortune, Gold Winner, Fresh & Pure, Dalda, Freedom, Nature Fresh, Patanjali, Sundrop and Sweeker.
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