Safflower Oil: Information
Safflower oil is pressed from the seeds of the safflower plant, Carthamus tinctorius. Safflower oil is similar to omega-6 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (or EFAs) are necessary nutrients, vital for wide-range of functions and processes but not made in significant quantities by the body, hence the term essential. As essential nutrients, EFAs must be supplied by the diet or supplements. Research suggests that insufficient intake of essential fatty acids plays a role in many health issues, especially cardiovascular health. Safflower oil is an excellent source of omega-6 essential fatty acids, but not the other type of essential fatty acid, omega-3.
Safflower Oil's Health Benefits
Safflower oil may be a healthier alternative to other types of cooking oils for some people. Safflower provides the essential omega-6 fatty acids and very low amounts of saturated fat and no cholesterol. A lack of EFAs in the diet can lead to health problems that can be difficult to overcome until this vital nutritional base is covered.
Using Safflower Oil
Safflower oil may be used as a substitute for other types of cooking oils, in salad dressings, for sauteing or even to add healthy fats to a protein shake.