What does High Oleic Mean?

The term Oleic means related to, or derived from, oil.

High oleic sunflower oil is usually defined as having a minimum 75 percent oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in various animal and vegetable sources. It has the formula CH3(CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)7COOH.

With the increased global awareness of health, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, one of the factors that is most researched and well known, is the advantage gained from healthy eating habits.

The well publicised Mediterranean diet based on the use of oils high in monounsaturated fat (as typically found in High Oleic Sunflower Oil and Olive Oil), has made people aware of the advantages of oils high in monounsaturated fat.

This monounsaturated fat is commonly referred to as Oleic Acid or Omega 9. Research has shown that a diet containing these oils reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering the levels of LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol.

When referring to healthy oils, it is important to note that all oils have 37 kilojoules per gram. Therefore, it is imperative to limit the intake of fats and oils as part of a healthy eating plan. The general guideline is that fats and oils should be limited to between 25% and 35% of total kilojoules per day.