You probably know that Omega oils are important for health. Omega 3 and 6 are called essential oils because they cannot be produced by the body itself. We must get these from our diet or from supplements. Omega 9 oils are best for health as they have been shown to lower harmful LDL cholesterol in the body. Omega 3 fatty acid is known for its healthy properties and cannot be made in the body. Omega 6 fatty acid also has healthy properties, but to a limited extent!
Traditional sunflower oil contains a relatively large amount of linoleic acid, also known as Omega 6. Omega 6 is also found in meat and many other foods. We get too much Omega 6 through our diet. Too much Omega 6 detracts from Omega 3 and is therefore bad for your health. Many people have health problems because of the imbalance between Omega 3 and 6. Omega 3 is mainly found in many fish species.
Scientists prefer to see the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 as 9:4 or rather 1:1. However… in our Western diet, that ratio is more around 15:1. Eat some chicken, egg, a handful of nuts, and you'll be getting more than enough Omega-6. If you also use regular sunflower oil to prepare meals, we unnecessarily burden our body with an 'overdose' of omega 6.
Therefore, consume sunflower oil that is rich in Omega 9 (High Oleic Sunflower Oil) and not in Omega 6 (traditional sunflower oil).