High oleic sunflower oil is obtained from selected sunflower seeds, rich in oleic acid. The amounts of this acid are much higher in this oil than in regular sunflower oil, which is around 31%. The big difference between them is the quality of the seeds and consequently the saturated fat that the final product contains. Thus, high oleic sunflower oil represents an interesting alternative compared to regular oil due to its nutritional composition and its affordable price.
High oleic sunflower oil has a similar nutritional composition to olive oil. The great advantage of using this oil is that it withstands higher temperatures, making it ideal for frying. The highest temperature estimated for olive oil is between 190-207°C, while for high oleic sunflower oil it varies between 160-232°C. It also has a neutral flavor, less strong than olive oil, and therefore easier to consume. Despite the similar nutritional composition, it also has less saturated fat and more monounsaturated fat (beneficial) than olive oil.