Why choose certain oils for cooking – cottonseed oil and sunflower oil?

Author NameDishit Nathwani

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Cottonseed Oil

Oils form the basis of any food we consume well, it highly depends on various factors whether oils are harmful to the body or not. A few such factors are the temperature of cooking, amount of consumption, fat content, and so on. Knowing what is best is always a challenge. So let us guide you through to such widely consumed oils and explain their benefits and drawbacks to you.

Cottonseed Oil

Cottonseed oil is extracted from seeds of cotton plants, the seeds are pressed in by various methods and we get edible oil from the same. The oil is yellow and has an almost neutral taste to it. They have many health benefits and is also quite inexpensive compared to other oils present in the market.

The oil is refined initially to remove gossypol which is a natural toxin produced in the cotton plant to avoid insects. The unrefined oil is also sometimes used as a pesticide. It has a good amount of polyunsaturated fats which help in decreasing LDL “bad cholesterol” and improving HDL “ good cholesterol” but on the contrary, it has higher amounts of saturated fats that have a topsy turvy effect on the body.

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The range of benefit this oil provides are huge so let us take a look at all the benefits one by one.


The cottonseed oil is rich in Vitamin E which is a good source of vitamin for skin buildup, it helps in moisturizing, anti-aging, and smoothening of the skin. Do check for any allergic reactions before applying it to the skin.


Gossypol is proven to mitigate the risk of cancer-causing cells by improving prostate cancer cells when consumed in little amount.


They contain a fair amount of monounsaturated fats which can reduce inflammation which can lead to chronic heart diseases.

sunflower oil in india

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As every coin has two sides cottonseed oil also has its drawbacks they are:

● Infertility.

● Pregnancy problems.

● Liver damage.

● Anorexia.

Sunflower oil:

Sunflower oil in India is one of the most consumed oil amidst the myriad of oils present in the market. The oil has a dark yellow color and creamy texture and is neutral in taste. It contains a high amount of antioxidants that are beneficial for the blood cells and they are often proved useful for high cholesterol and heart disease prevention.

They contain high a fair amount of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and contain less amount of saturated fats thus leaning to a more beneficial side.


Heart disease:

Sunflower contains high amounts of oleic acid as a substitute for dietary fats thus reducing the risk of heart diseases.


The oil is high in polyunsaturated fats thus proving healthy fats that readily convert into energy hence reducing a significant amount of bad cholesterol in the body.

Athlete’s Foot:

It is believed that massaging the foot with sunflower oil is an effective way to cure athletes foot as they have Oleozon in it.


This oil does not contain any major drawbacks except for diabetes when consumed moderately.

Looking at the ratio of benefits to drawbacks it is now clear why Sunflower oil in India is used extensively.

Now that you know about these two oils you can think about whether you want to include those in the diet or not.

For more information: https://www.gulaboils.com/

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