There is quite a variety of cooking oils available that are suitable for different applications as well as for certain dietary requirements. Generally, most people tend to use sunflower oil for their daily cooking needs whereas there are others that use soya oil. But what is the difference between sunflower and soya oil?
Pure sunflower oil is the most popular one. As the name implies, it is made from sunflowers, or more specifically from the sunflower seeds. It is triple refined to ensure its purity. It is golden yellow in colour and has no objectionable odour when it is heated to 180 degrees Celsius. It is used in various cooking applications such as frying, cooking, baking, roasting and for use in salads. This cooking ingredient is high in polyunsaturated fats yet it is low in saturated fats. It is also, surprisingly, low in cholesterol. Sunflower oil contains antioxidants that enhance its lifespan thus it can be stored for up to 24 months in a sealed container. It also contains antifoam which prevents excessive foaming during cooking. Overall it is a healthy oil provided that it is consumed in moderate quantities therefore it is suitable for most people. In addition, used sunflower oil is recycled to become the main component in the manufacturing of alternative fuels such as biodiesel.
Soya oil is made from the extracted seeds of soya beans. It is usually considered to be a healthier alternative for individuals who have certain dietary restrictions and is one of the most popular cooking oils. It is also sometimes considered to be a vegetable oil and is used often in the preparation of processed foods. It can be used mainly for frying and baking applications as well as a condiment for salads. The soya version differs to its sunflower cousin in its texture and drying ability. It will solidify or harden when it is exposed to air for a long period of time. In certain industries, soya oil can be used in the manufacturing of certain printing inks.
These two popular cooking oils are used by many people for the daily preparation of their meals. Yet they also have alternative uses. For certain meal preparation processes, you may require the one instead of the other for a better or different flavour component. It is up to you as to which option is best suited to your needs.