Peanut Oil

Peanut oil

What is Peanut Oil?

Peanut oil has a variety of names. Also referred to as goober, groundnut oil, earthnut or ground pea is a naturally sweet and flavored edible oil. The oil is obtained from Arachis hypogaea plant. It has the natural origin of South America, derived from the kernels by pressing the kernels. Peanut oil can be coil can be consumed raw, roasted or used in cooking. The Incans of Peru used the oil as sacrificial offerings. Processed peanut oil has a light-yellow color with a neutral taste.

Properties

Peanut oil has a high smoke point in comparison to many other cooking oils, hence mostly applied to food frying. Its main fatty acids are:
Fatty acid Percentage value
Oleic acid 46.8
Linoleic acid 33.4
Palmitic acid 10.0
Nutritional value per 100 gm. Energy      3,699 kJ (884 kcal)
Carbohydrates  0 g
Saturated 17 g
Monounsaturated 46 g
Polyunsaturated 32 g
Protein 0 g
Vitamin E 15.7 mg
Zinc 0.01 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Peanut oil is the healthiest oil. The oil has galore of monounsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats. It is also a source of antioxidants, vitamin E and phytosterols which are beneficial to your heart.

Precautions

  • If you suspect that you have allergic to peanut oil, please avoid it at all cost. Always remember to read food labels to ensure that it does not contain peanut oil as it is a component of most foods.
  • This oil may also be vulnerable to oxidation, making it an unsafe choice for cooking oil.

Benefits

Heart Health

The most important benefit of this oil is the ability to protect your heart by maintaining a healthy lipid profile in your body. Peanut oil increases the level of good cholesterol while reducing bad cholesterol in your body. This ability is based on its hi9gh levels of monounsaturated fatty acids.

Regulation of Blood Flow

Peanut oil contains linolenic acid that is helpful in constriction and dilation of blood vessels. Thus, consumption of peanut oil increases the levels of this acid in your body thus being useful in blood flow regulation in accordance to need.

Regulation of Blood Pressure

Peanut oil has an enormous amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential in control the level of blood pressure hence lower the risk of exposure to cardiovascular infections.

Hair Health

Application of peanut oil on your hair will help in reduction of protein loss, regeneration of damaged hair; it also adds moisture to spilled cracks as well as flaking of the scalp. Additionally, it aids in thickening of hair.

Removal of Dandruff

Peanut oil contains antiseptic properties; when applied in conjunction with a few drops of lemon juice and tree oil. The oil will help in treating your scalp.

Strengthening of Body

Peanut oil is galore of proteins, consumption of this oil aids in availing a host of building blocks for your body muscles hence making your body stronger.

Stomach Problems

Are you troubled with stomach issues like constipation, diarrhea and more? It’s time to incorporate peanut oil into your meals. Peanut oil has a variety of dietary nutrients that will help solve your issues.

Natural Antioxidant

Peanut oil contains a variety of phytochemicals that are essential in dealing with radicals produced from your body’s metabolic process hence reduce the cellular damage.

Cooking Fat

Peanut oil contains a nutty aroma and is preferably the best in dishes that this fragrance is welcomed like French fries. Additionally, this oil is perfect for high-heat cooking methods and commonly used for stir-fries

Side Effects

The peanut oil contains a variety of allergens that account for an enormous number of severe food-related allergic reaction in your body when consumed. You are likely to experience swollen lips and throat, chest congestion and difficulty in breathing. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking vast quantities of this oil as the side effects of the oil are not clear, but should stick to specified amounts in food that’s safe.