In the 1970s, SunOpta transformed the sunflower industry by introducing the SL® 80 extended shelf-life high oleic sunflower kernel. SunOpta's SL® 80 kernel is the most functional, healthy, and economical sunflower ingredient for food manufacturers and consumers. Compared to traditional sunflower, the SL® 80 kernel has a relatively large percentage of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (oleic fatty acids). The higher ratio of oleic acid effectively protects the integrity of roasted kernels by actively resisting oxidative degradation. The result is a premium sunflower product that surpasses other nuts, like almonds and hazelnuts, in product stability, versatility, and value.