All over the world, people are familiar with sunflower oil. They either use it themselves to cook their daily meals or they are consuming a meal that is cooked in sunflower oil. It is an essential ingredient that is used in almost all of our meals. Over the years, we’ve also become more health conscious. We are more concerned about what we allow into our bodies now than we were twenty years ago. If we are consuming sunflower oil on a daily basis via our meals, is it really a healthy option and does it have harmful cholesterol in it?
Sunflower oil has had a negative reputation in previous years but a lot has changed in the food manufacturing process to ensure the better health of consumers. That includes the sunflower oil manufacturers themselves. They have recognised that people consume cooking oil daily and this could have an effect on their health. Reputable sunflower oil producers have discovered that if the oil is kept in its purest form from the point when the sunflower seeds are harvested to the bottling stage, the level of cholesterol can be reduced to zero percent. They have had to consider that the manufacturing process had to be simplified and that strict quality control measures had to be put into place to ensure that the cooking oil remains 100% pure.
How does a consumer identify whether the sunflower oil is pure or not? Firstly, you can identify it in the physical appearance of the liquid. Pure sunflower oil will be translucent and a golden yellow colour. It will not have a smoky tint to it. Secondly, you can identify it by the labelling. Food manufacturers have to adhere to strict codes when it comes to labelling their products. The ingredients list and any endorsements must be accurate. So look on the label to see whether it is cholesterol free. In most cases, these types of sunflower oils will be endorsed by the Heart Foundation. That means that you can include that food item in your daily consumption within reason.
Although there are some frying oils that are not cholesterol free, there are many pure sunflower oil products that are cholesterol free. Sometimes, when it comes to your health, you have to consider what is best and not necessarily what is cheapest. Be sure to read the labelling and check the transparency of the cooking ingredient that you are about to purchase.