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Vergezocht High Oleic Oil Awarded the CANSA Seal of Recognition

14 April 2020Vergezocht High Oleic Sunflower Oil has been awarded the CANSA Seal of Recognition marking it as a CANSA Smart Choice product. Their range of high oleic sunflower oil products comply with CANSA’s evidence-based requirements and is recommended as part of a nutritious, balanced diet to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

What makes this oil so unique?

Vergezocht’s oil range is made from a new variety of sunflower seeds, bred from a variety of sunflower cultivars without any genetics to be high in monounsaturated fats (oleic) – the good type of fat found in oils linked to many health benefits [1,2] – and low in polyunsaturated fats. Its oils are cold pressed resulting in up to four times more Vitamin E than in Olive oil. No chemicals are used during extraction, nor processing and its high smoking point (± 238ºc) makes it ideal for everyday cooking. And it also contains no preservatives or colourants. Download PPT.

Lorinda Van Dyk, CANSA’s Seal of Recognition Coordinator, says “We’re excited to add Vergezocht to our range of Smart Choice products. The large amount of monounsaturated fat in high oleic oil has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) without lowering HDL cholesterol (the good kind). When LDL cholesterol goes down, so does the risk of heart disease and strokes [3–8]. Furthermore, there is evidence that diets rich in monounsaturated fatty acids may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. For example, studies have found that monounsaturated fats are protective against cancer by lowering the expression of the HER 2 breast cancer oncogene [9–11]. High oleic sunflower oil also maintains its antioxidant protection that’s originally found in its whole seed origins in comparison to oils high in polyunsaturated fat like regular sunflower oil, soybean oil and corn oil. This antioxidant protection is important because it protects the cells in our body from oxidation, subsequently lowering the risk of cancer development.”

Where can I buy Vergezocht high oleic sunflower oil?

Checkers, Pick n Pay, Woolworths and online at

CANSA aims to promote a smart, balanced lifestyle using the CANSA Smart Choice Seal on products as a tool to assist the public to easily identify healthier products and make healthier, informed choices.

“The Smart Choice programme is part of an ongoing effort by CANSA to reduce exposure to carcinogens and other risk factors associated with cancer development,” concluded Van Dyk.

(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.)


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