Oil, safflower, salad or cooking, high oleic (primary safflower oil of commerce)

Fun Facts

  1. Safflower oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, which may help protect against heart disease. Unlike saturated fats from meat and dairy, which are linked to unhealthy cholesterol levels, monounsaturated fat may help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream that can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, narrowing the passageway.
  2. Safflower oil is also an excellent source of vitamin E, as each tablespoon provides 4.6 milligrams of this nutrient, one-fourth of the daily value. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free-radical damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and other pollutants.
  3. Safflower oil may be a healthy choice for diabetics to help manage blood sugar, according to a study published in “Clinical Nutrition” in 2011. Researchers gave obese, diabetic women 8 grams — about 1.6 teaspoons — of safflower oil each day for 16 weeks, and tested them for blood glucose, signs of inflammation and insulin sensitivity.

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