SAFFLOWER OIL- A BOON TO HEALTH

Article Id: ARCC1461
Citation :- SAFFLOWER OIL- A BOON TO HEALTH.Asian Journal Of Dairy and Food Research.2010.(29)
H. Kumar* and J.P. Lal
Address : Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi- 221 005, India

Abstract

Dietary fats requirement in relation to growing heart problems in present days has been
reviewed. None of the vegetable oils has ideal Omega-6(α-linoleic)/Omega-3 (linolenic)
ratio of 4:5. Although safflower oil has high level of Omega-6 (70 -75 %) fatty acid, its
autoxidation in vitro causes serious problems. This autoxidation of polyunsaturated fatty
acid may be reduced by increasing the level of tocopherol (Vit-E), particularly the gammatocopherol.
Recombination breeding in safflower involving lines, such as, CR-39 and CR-
41 (having high gamma-tocopherol content) and blending safflower oil with other oils
(rice bran, corn oil, mustrard oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, etc.) needs intensive researches

Keywords

Safflower oil Omega6/omega3 ratio Heart diseases.

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