Light amber in colour with a pleasant fragrance, sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower. The most common use of sunflower oil is in cooking but it has also found use as an ingredient in cosmetic products.
The oil has several favourable qualities which has made it a high demand commodity. Some of these qualities include:
- The oil is a stable liquid at room temperature
- The natural colour is a pleasant light amber
- The flavour is mild and not overpowering
- Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin E
- Low in saturated fats
- Low in trans fats
- Refined sunflower oil has a long shelf life
Unrefined sunflower oil is nutrient rich and has many health benefits. The oil is rich not only in vitamin E but also in sterol which is a good cholesterol, squalene which is a precursor to steroids and linoleic acid which is an essential fatty acid and used to synthesise several compounds in the human body. Besides these there a several other components present in unrefined sunflower oil which have health benefits. Unrefined sunflower oil however is not heat stable and breaks down at higher temperatures. It is therefore preferably used as a dressing in salads and other foods that can be consumed raw. It is advisable to store unrefined sunflower oil in dark coloured bottles at low temperatures to preserve the nutrition content and prevent the oil from going rancid.
The process of refining sunflower oil, while reducing the nutrient content, greatly increases its stability and shelf life. Refined sunflower oil retains its mild flavour and is ideal for cooking methods like frying. Refine sunflower oil does not break down at higher temperatures and also retains a high level of vitamin E. Refined sunflower oil is therefore preferred for cooking purposes.
Hybrid varieties of sunflowers produce seeds with higher levels of oleic acid in their oil. These varieties produce oil which have a low level of saturated fatty acid but do not require hydrogenation, which makes it safer for human consumption.
Sunflower oil being a high demand commodity, we at SGTC make sure that the products we deal in are only of the best quality. The sunflower oil is put through rigorous testing to make sure it is of the highest grade and meets all international standards. Care has been taken to ensure that the oil is procured from the best quality sunflowers and that the processes used in extraction and refining meet with all the requirements of hygiene while preserving the flavour and taste of the product.
Immense care has been taken to ensure that the product is free from any foreign matter, other oils or animal fats. The finished product is free from solvents used during the extraction process and is certified as safe for human consumption.
International standards are strictly adhered to when adding colouring or flavouring to the sunflower oil. So also with added antioxidants and their assisting agents which help improve shelf life of the oil, all standards are up to the mark.
SGTC Pvt. Ltd. guarantees sunflower oil which is safe and healthy and produced using the highest standards of quality.
Wheat and Wheat Flour
From Mexican tortillas to Indian rotis and an assortment of breads across Europe, the humble grain of wheat has been ground to a flour and crafted into a myriad of culinary masterpieces delighting palates the world over.
Wheat has been around for thousands of years. Selective breeding of wild varieties of wheat over several generations has resulted in the domestic varieties that we now consume on a regular basis. Wheat is an integral part of diets all over the world. From the simplest of breads to biscuits, cakes and pies, wheat flour is one of the most widely used ingredients in the modern world today.
The origins of wheat can be traced back to the East Mediterranean region dating as early as 9600BC. To have survived this long and to have grown so widespread that it is now cultivated the world over, is a testament to the popularity and versatility of wheat.
Wheat is classified as a cereal grain and is the third largest cultivated crop in the world behind maize and rice. Wheat is the leading source of vegetal protein globally.
Some of the different types of wheat cultivated today are:
- Common wheat or bread wheat
- Hard Red Spring
- Hard Red Winter
- Soft Red Winter
- Hard White
- Soft White
Common wheat or bread wheat is the most widely cultivated of all wheat varieties. The wheat protein gluten present in this type of wheat is strong and elastic and the flour of this wheat is ideal for making bread. In the United States the Hard Red Spring variety is more commonly used in bread production. Hard Red Winter attains its name from the season in which it is planted, it is also commonly used in the US and is similar to its Spring counterpart.
Spelt is closely related to Common wheat and the flour of this variety is preferred for sourdough bread.
The gluten in Durum wheat is strong but less elastic which makes this type of wheat the favoured choice in making pasta. The flour from this wheat lends itself to being easily rolled into thin sheets while maintaining its shape and not tearing easily.
The soft varieties including Soft Red Winter and Soft white are the preferred flours in pastries, pie crusts and cakes, while the hard white is used in brewing.
Wheat can used in several ways; ground into flour or semolina, broken into pieces as in couscous or germinated and dried to make malt. Wheat flour can either be whole wheat flour wherein the bran is ground along with the rest of the grain or refined flour where the bran is removed before grinding. Whole wheat flour is high in fibre and is considered the healthier option; however refined flour is easier to digest, has a longer shelf life and has a milder flavour than whole wheat flour which is favoured in preparing cakes, biscuits, etc.
Whatever the choice of flour, we at SGTC guarantee that the wheat and wheat flour procured by us is of the highest quality. The product has been rigorously tested and confirmed to uphold international standards and great care has been taken to ensure that the product is pure and hygienic. Using only non GMO crop products, the health and safety of the client can be assured.