Sunflower Oil

  • Anyone else have any knowledge or experience with sunflower oil?

    I have come to the definite conclusion that sunflower oil makes my face break out something fierce! And wouldn't ya know, most prepared/packaged/frozen non-gmo or organic foods that require any type of cooking oil just happen to use sunflower oil before any other type. And unfortunately, I don't have time to make EVERYTHING fresh and from scratch.

    Any ideas on how to counter the effects of sunflower oil and sunflower seeds? I know I have heard somewhere on Facebook that sunflower oil does something to overstimulate something in (or around) the mouth and causes some people to have fever blisters. And Web MD mentions the following additionally:

    Sunflower oil is SAFE when taken by mouth in appropriate amounts. It’s not known if applying sunflower oil to the skin is safe.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of sunflower oil during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Sunflower oil may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking sunflower oil.

    Diabetes: A diet that is high in sunflower oil seems to increase fasting insulin and blood sugar levels. It also seems to increase after-meal blood fats. This might increase the chance of developing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) in people with type 2 diabetes.

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  • Hi Valorie,

    Looks like you've done good research! Off hand, what I know about sunflower oil is that it is higher in the omega 6 oils (hhich we often get too much of), has a high smoke point (good for cooking at higher temps), and can be an allergen for some like you elaborated on above. It is a seed of a flower. Also, it is a polyunsaturated oil--liquid at room temperature.

    Personally, I've never had a reaction to it of which I was aware. I do tend to see safflower oil used more often than sunflower. Sometimes it is an either or, or blend indicated on a package. I far prefer these oils to canola and soybean, because they are never genetically modified. I'm sorry you are having a reaction to it. It is very frustrating to have another limitation on food products.