Sunflower oil is produced by pressing the seeds of a plant called Helianthus annuus (Sunflower). It is high in linoleic or oleic acid, which are sources of energy for the body.
There are four types of sunflower oil — high oleic, mid oleic, high linoleic, and high stearic and high oleic. They are differentiated based on the levels of fat types they are made of. For example, polyunsaturated fats are equated to linoleic acids. Monounsaturated fats are equated to oleic acid. Sunflower oils that contain higher levels of oleic oils are more healthy.
Sunflower oil is pressed from the seeds of the sunflower. In foods, sunflower oil is used as a cooking oil. Sunflower oil is also used as medicine.
Sunflower oil is most commonly used for high cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Sunflower oil is used as a source of unsaturated fat in the diet to replace saturated fats.