- Nutrition Information
- Potential Health Benefits of Sunflower Oil
- Potential Health Risks of Sunflower Oil
Sunflowers are one of the few crops native to the United States. According to some sources, indigenous people likely began to cultivate them around 1000 BC. Sunflower seeds probably didn’t reach Europe until the 1800s. When sunflower seeds arrived in Russia, their oil content interested farmers. The farmers selectively bred the plants until they almost doubled the oil content of the seeds.
Today, sunflower oil is a food, a medicine, and a skin treatment. It is available in several forms, each with a different formula and with its own health benefits. Sunflower oil is a popular vegetable oil in the kitchen because of its mild flavor and high smoke point.
One tablespoon of sunflower oil contains:
- Calories: 120
- Protein: 0 grams
- Fat: 78 grams
- Carbohydrates: 0 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
Sunflower oil is also a good source of these vitamins:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K