Why Sunflower Oil?
Why we use sunflower oil
In 2013 we researched the healthiest oils to blend the Carbon 60 into. We selected several different types of oils to test. We looked at Olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower, coconut oil and a several others that fell off the list rather quickly. We blended and tested 10 different olive oils and found 2 brands out of the 10 to be fairly acceptable. Most had a lot of particulates, varied batch to batch and went rancid very quickly. Some had the peppery taste and slightly gave a burning sensation to the back of the throat. We did not want that remotely associated with our product. Also as researched, we found out that most olive oils had a good chance of being adulterated with other oils. Laws allowed producers of olive to label their bottle “olive oil” if it contained at least 20% olive oil. This and inconsistent taste warranted olive oil to not be a good choice.
Also, olive oil typically has a short shelf life. Most of the olive oil comes to the US by boat spending about 1 month in hot shipping containers on the trip across the Atlantic.
Sunflower tested the best. It had little or no taste, it suspended the Carbon 60 very well and has a very long shelf life. Sunflower can withstand the heat of a mailbox in Florida to the cold freezing weather of Alaska without damage to the product or glass container. We tested several sunflower oil producers and settled on a very highly filtered, cold expeller pressed, certified organic, Non-GMO, US produced sunflower oil. We are still very happy with it and do periodically compare oils and we still remain very happy with this choice. We periodically pull bottles from our history samples and test them. We have third party tested the sunflower oil to a minimum of 2 years and 4 months. But again we have never lost a bottle out of our history samples of 8 years.
With any carrier oil, you want clean or near no taste, good suspension, locally produced, and good suspension. Sunflower fit all these qualities and proved to be the best oil of choice for our product.