It is as advertised, but not as I expected!
February 5, 2014
I bought this oil because I like the taste of Spectrum's expeller pressed sunflower oil so much. I thought that the cold-pressed oil would be even better. However, I was somewhat disappointed. Looking back, I don't know why I was so surprised, but it tastes just like raw sunflower seeds, no discernible difference except for the texture naturally. If you like raw sunflower seeds you will like this, but I prefer seeds at least slightly toasted, but not burnt rancid however. If my understanding is correct, expeller pressed oils are processed at a higher temperature, changing the flavor from the raw sunflower seed flavor to something much closer to artichoke, unmistakeably. The two plants are botanically related, both being members of the Asterace family. The Aster family is the most highly evolved plant family. The head of a sunflower is actually multiple flowers. So there's that. If you do use this oil, just know that like many other oil such as soy, corn, sesame, canola, etc, sunflower oil isn't necessarily unhealthy, but by itself is unbalanced. It should be only a small part of the diet and should be balanced with potent sources of high-quality omega 3's from sources such as avocados, free-range OG eggs, grass-fed dairy, flax (linseed), algae, chia, etc.
Pros:no rancidity, dark bottle
Cons:Taste was nowhere near as good as Spectrum's expeller pressed sunflower oil in my opinion. It is not a balanced oil on its own as it is high in omega 6's, so it much be balanced out with other things that I mentioned in the main review.