The sunflower originates from North America, but it was grown for industrial purposes for the first time in Russia. Sunflower oil is used in the culinary industry, in cosmetics, as fodder, etc. The sunflower seeds are processed into oil which is a fair competitor to olive oil as the most beneficial oil for human purposes in the world. Sunflower seeds contain proteins, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. There is a great variety of sunflower plants, but those used in cooking oil production are normally with black seeds, whereas those that are baked are striped, though there are exceptions, like some high oleic hybrids.