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Sunflower Oil Expeller Pressed Organic
Natural sunflower oil is produced from oil type sunflower seeds. Sunflower oil is light in taste and appearance and supplies more Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. It is a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with low saturated fat levels. The versatility of this healthy oil is recognized by cooks internationally. Sunflower oil is valued for its light taste, frying performance and health benefits. Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, If an Organic Merchant has an oil which has been extracted by hydraulic press but has been heated prior to pressing, he will refer to it as "pressed", not "cold pressed". The second method is by expeller, described in "The Low down on Edible Oils" as follows: "This uses a screw or continuous press with a constantly rotating worm shaft. Cooked material goes into one end and is put under continuous pressure until discharged at the other end with oil squeezed out." Temperatures between 200 and 250 degrees are normal. Obviously, this type of extraction does not qualify as "cold pressed" either. Organic Merchants will refer to it as "expeller pressed." Now with a hydraulicly pressed oil labeled "cold pressed" or "pressed", you can assume you have a crude or unrefined of. But this is not true of "expeller pressed" oil because the common fate of expeller pressed oil is to be refined after extraction. So you need additional information with the words "expeller pressed". Organic Merchants will use either the word "crude" or "unrefined" to identify this additional classification of acceptable oils. So Organic Merchants draws the line of acceptability at this point and, to review, you may expect us to carry only four classifications of oil: (1) virgin (2) cold pressed (3) pressed (4) expeller pressed-crude. And this paper is your tool to remind yourself of what we mean by those words. The last method is solvent extraction, described in "The Lowdown on Edible Oils" as "definitely dangerous to health." "Oil bearing materials are ground, steam cooked, then mixed with the solvent (of a petroleum base) which dissolves out of the oils, leaving a dry residue. The solvent is separated from the oils. This method is universally used by the big commercial oil processors because it gets more oils out quicker and cheaper. About 98% of the soy oil in the U.S. is solvent extracted. Source: