There are several cooking oils available in the market. And peanut oil is one of them. Yes, we know it is hard to determine which of the oils works best. Well, that is for you to decide. But what we can do is give you the details – on why including peanut oil in your diet can be a great idea after all. Just keep reading.
Table Of Contents
- What Is Peanut Oil? How Is It Good For You?
- What Are The Benefits Of Peanut Oil?
- How Else Can Peanut Oil Be Used?
- What Is The Nutritional Profile Of Peanut Oil?
What Is Peanut Oil? How Is It Good For You?
Often referred to as groundnut oil, this is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the peanut plant.
In fact, there are different varieties of peanut oil. One is the refined peanut oil, which is refined, bleached, and deodorized. The process removes allergens in the oil, and this makes it safe for people with peanut allergies. We also have cold-pressed peanut oil, where the peanuts are crushed, and the oil is forced out. This one retains more flavor and nutrients. The third variety is the gourmet peanut oil that is usually roasted and hence has an intense flavor. The last variety is a peanut oil blend, where the oil is blended with another oil with a similar taste.
The goodness of peanut oil primarily boils down to its vitamin E content, an antioxidant proven to reduce free radical damage and cut heart disease risk (1). There’s more, by the way.
What Are The Benefits Of Peanut Oil?
1. Peanut Oil Boosts Heart Health
We already saw how the vitamin E in the oil could protect the heart. It fights free radicals, which can otherwise cause heart disease (2). The oil is also rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are linked to a lowered risk of heart disease. As per the American Heart Association, these types of fats can reduce heart disease risk by as much as 30% (3).
Some research also throws light on the ability of peanut oil to lower bad cholesterol levels.
2. Helps Fight Cancer
The polyphenol antioxidants in peanut oil fight free radicals, and this can contribute to cancer prevention. In fact, peanut oil is a natural tonic that boosts immune levels.
3. Enhances Cognitive Health
The vitamin E in peanut oil, as per studies, can prevent age-related mental decline. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, the oil enhances cognitive health, especially in older individuals (4).
4. Can Improve Insulin Sensitivity
Studies show that a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (as present in peanut oil) can enhance insulin sensitivity in diabetics. In another study, replacing dietary saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat improved insulin secretion in diabetes patients (5).
5. Peanut Oil Might Relieve Joint Pains
Some research says how peanut oil is used to relieve debilitating joint pains. The oil is applied to the skin directly and massaged well, and this can offer some relief.
However, there is insufficient research on this. So, please consult your doctor before you use the oil for this purpose.
6. Delays Signs Of Aging
Applying peanut oil topically can offer anti-aging benefits. And this is where we talk about vitamin E once again. The antioxidant fights free radicals, which otherwise might accelerate aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines.
7. Treats Dry Skin
Topical application of peanut oil also helps treat dry skin, thanks to its moisturizing properties. You can apply the oil to your face and other affected areas and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then, take a bath as usual.
8. Boosts Hair Growth
The vitamin E and other fats in the oil benefit your hair in more ways than one. The oil reduces protein loss from the hair and even thickens your tresses. It also moisturizes your split ends and regenerates damaged hair.
9. Helps Treat Scalp Psoriasis
The antioxidants in peanut oil treat dandruff, and in some cases, can even aid the treatment of scalp psoriasis. This can also be attributed to the moisturizing properties of peanut oil.
These are the ways peanut oil can benefit your health. But there are other ways this oil can be helpful.
How Else Can Peanut Oil Be Used?
There are different ways peanut oil can be used:
- For Cooking
Peanut oil is low in saturated fats and rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Which is why it is ideal for cooking. It works particularly well with Asian foods that are predominantly prepared in the wok.
- For Making Soap
You can also use the oil to make soap. And thanks to its conditioning properties, the soap can boost skin health. One downside is the oil may not last long in your soap as it can turn rancid quite fast.
- For Making Biodiesel
Peanuts are more than 50% oil, which is why one acre of them produces about 123 gallons of oil. Though this alternative fuel is slightly expensive, it might be where the future lies.
- For Vaccines
In fact, this has been happening since the 1960s. The oil was used in influenza shots to lengthen immunity in patients.
These are certain other ways peanut oil is used. And yes, we guess you want to know what else the oil contains. So, here you go!
What Is The Nutritional Profile Of Peanut Oil?
Just one cup of peanut oil offers you 169% of the daily value of vitamin E. The other nutrients in the oil include the following:
|Nutrition Facts Serving Size 216g|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 1910||Calories from Fat 1910|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 216g||332%|
|Saturated Fat 36g||182%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Amounts Per Selected Serving||%DV|
|From Carbohydrate||0.0(0.0 kJ)|
|From Fat||1910(7997 kJ)|
|From Protein||0.0(0.0 kJ)|
|From Alcohol||0.0(0.0 kJ)|
|Fats & Fatty Acids|
|Amounts Per Selected Serving||%DV|
|Total Fat||216 g||332%|
|Saturated Fat||36.5 g||182%|
|Monounsaturated Fat||99.8 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||69.1 g|
|Total trans fatty acids||~|
|Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids||~|
|Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids||~|
|Total Omega-3 fatty acids||~|
|Total Omega-6 fatty acids||69131 mg|
|Amounts Per Selected Serving||%DV|
|Vitamin A||0.0 IU||0%|
|Vitamin C||0.0 mg||0%|
|Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)||33.9 mg||169%|
|Vitamin K||1.5 mcg||2%|
|Vitamin B6||0.0 mg||0%|
|Vitamin B12||0.0 mcg||0%|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.0 mg||0%|
The essential fatty acids in peanut oil make it one of the best cooking oils. Which simply means you need to start cooking using peanut oil – at least your evening snacks to start with.
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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions
What is a good substitute for peanut oil?
Almond oil can be a good substitute, given it has a similarly high smoke point.
How long does peanut oil last?
Unopened peanut oil can last for about a year. But once opened, it lasts only for four to six months. Post that, it can get rancid.
Does peanut oil have any side effects?
In case you are pregnant or breastfeeding, stick to normal amounts of peanut oil. Don’t consume excess of it. Also, avoid the oil if you are allergic to peanuts, soybeans, and other related plants (members from the Fabaceae plant family).
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2. “Free radicals, antioxidants in disease…”. US National Library of Medicine.
3. “Dietary fats and cardiovascular disease…”. American Heart Association.
4. “Vitamin E”. National Institutes of Health.
5. “Effects of saturated fat…”. PLOS Journals.
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