All About Peanut Oil-Health Benefits and Side Effects
I am writing a lot about oils these days. I am sure all of you realize the importance of using the right oil to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We Indians have a plethora of healthy oils used with gusto by our ancestors, but still we are in the lookout for oils that are certified as ‘healthy’ by the western world. One such oil is the peanut oil. Here I am today at your service with a tiny bit of information on peanut oil.
It is also known as groundnut oil. As the name suggests it is derived from peanuts.
Varieties of Peanut oil
- Cold pressed
Why Peanut Oil is known to be good for cooking?
- It has a pleasing nutty taste
- It does not absorb the flavour of other foods cooked in the oil. (so, you can cook(deep fry) several different items and need not worry about the taste of one dish getting into another)
- It can reach such a high temperature which keeps the outside of the food crispy and the inside very moist
Hmmm so much for the cooking benefits, now let me elucidate the health benefits of using peanut oil.
Why peanut oil is healthy for you?
- Peanut oil is naturally trans fat-free
- It is cholesterol free
- It is low in saturated fats
- It is high in unsaturated fats
- Good for heart health as it lowers “bad cholesterol” and increase “good cholesterol” in the blood. This helps to prevent coronary artery disease and heart attacks by maintaining a healthy blood lipid profile.
- Helps in weight loss ( as per a study) 🙂
- Beneficial for diabetic patients, if used on a regular basis it can improve the body’s insulin level. This oil helps to lower the blood glucose levels to normal and controls the blood sugar level.
- A massage of peanut oil can soothe aching joints and muscles.
- Peanut oil contains monounsaturated fats that are useful to lower high blood pressure.
- It is an excellent remedy to cure disorders like constipation, digestive problems, diarrhea, etc.
- Being a very rich source of protein, it should be consumed in a moderate amount daily for building muscles and for body strengthening.
- Good for the skin, you may find it as an ingredient in body creams and lotions
- Peanut oil is known to reduce protein loss, thickens the hair, adds moisture to split ends and regenerates damaged hair. It also reduces dandruff
So both internal and external usage of this oil is known to be beneficial for our health.
I have often heard about people having peanut allergies. People who suffer from peanut allergies should consult their doctor before including peanut oil in their diet. Doctors don’t want to take chances so they suggest avoiding even peanut by products like peanut oil.
When a person suffering from peanut allergy happens to ingest peanuts or its byproducts, their body is overreacting to the proteins in peanuts. The immune system thinks that peanuts are out to harm you. There is a fight between the allergen and the immune system. During this fight one feels the allergic symptoms that can be a skin rash to the fatal anaphylaxis.
Make sure you are not allergic and then you can make peanut oil a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Stay healthy! Take care!