High linoleic safflower oil is a neutral-tasting oil high in the polyunsaturated, essential linoleic fatty acid.

Health considerations

High oleic safflower oil typically contains around 75% linoleic acid, 17% oleic acid, as well as 5% palmitic, 2% stearic, and 1% of other fatty acids. In rats fed a high fat diet, use of high linoleic safflower oil rather than high oleic safflower oil, led to more cancerous growths in the colon. See: Linoleic acid.

Keep in mind

Refined safflower oils may contain trans fats as a result of processing; they also lose significant quantities of plant sterols and tocopherols.

May be found in

Vegetable oil, breads, baked goods, tortillas, salad dressings, nutritional supplements


Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Oilseeds International Ltd.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
European Food Research and Technology

Alternative Spellings and Names

Safflower oil, high oleic; carthamus oil, high oleic acid; kurdee oil, high oleic acid

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