What are its lesser known uses?

It is well known for its high smoke point, which makes it so ideal for frying

Sunflower oil, which was 80% produced by Ukraine and Russia, has been subject to global shortages that have forced chip and chip companies to change their recipes.

It is well known for its high smoke point, which makes it so ideal for frying.

This sparked proactive thinking…

What are some other lesser-known uses of sunflower oil?

Fertilizer

The crushed seeds are left after the extraction of sunflower oil, often referred to as seed meal.

It is rich in protein and dietary fiber, which makes it perfect as animal feed or fertilizer for crops.

Health reasons

Sunflower oil can be used to treat constipation and lower “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, according to eMedicineHealth.

Many researches have found that incorporating sunflower oil in the diet lowers total cholesterol as well as LDL.

Although palm oil and flaxseed oil may be more effective in lowering cholesterol, he added.

Skin care

Sunflower oil can also be used in cosmetics such as lip balms and skin creams, Sun Impex said, to treat wounds, skin lesions, psoriasis and arthritis.

This is because it is rich in vitamin E, so it helps regenerate cells at a faster rate, improves skin health, and gives a natural glow to the skin, eMedicineHealth added.

It is also often used as a massage oil.

Diesel

With fuel prices soaring due to the rising cost of wholesale gas and oil, sunflower oil would have been one of the alternatives for running diesel engines and easing price pressures.

Why have oil and gas prices skyrocketed over the past two years?

When sunflower oil is mixed with diesel in the tank, it can be used to power a diesel car.

However, this was clearly not possible due to shortages related to Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

Others

Unrefined sunflower oil is also a traditional salad dressing in Eastern Europe.

It is also an ingredient in sunflower butter.

“Sunflower seeds also contain an abundance of oleic and linoleic acids, which are essential for…helping boost cognition, brain function, memory, supporting healthy skin, hair and nails, and even boost the immune system to fight off invaders and diseases in the body,” said Outstanding Foods.