Guide to Peanut Oil

Peanut oil, a fine and tasteless oil generally used for cooking, salads, and frying is extracted from the seed known as a nut. The nut used for making peanut oil comes from the peanut plant. Also, it can be used for making medicines. The cold-pressed variety is having a mild peanut flavor. It comes with low saturates and moderately high monounsaturated. 

Apart from commonly used as cooking oil, it can be to apply to the skin. It can give relief to joint pain, arthritis, eczema, dry skin, etc. Peanut oil can be used for making skin care products and baby care products. The high monounsaturated good fat and saturated bad fat prevents heart disease and lowers cholesterol. 

Guide to Peanut Oil

Peanut Oil VS Canola Oil

Oils having higher amounts of monounsaturated fats, like peanut oil and canola oil are the healthiest oil options. They help to lower your bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein. On the other side, it increases good cholesterol. To under the best use of both oils in different situations or food, the smoke point, composition, and flavors can help you to choose one. 

Canola Oil

Canola Oil

Canola oil is one of the oils that contain the highest monounsaturated fat content. The percentage of monounsaturated fat and saturated fat in canola oil is 62 percent and 7 percent respectively. The remaining content is 31 percent of polyunsaturated fat. After olive oil and sunflower oil, the next healthiest oil in terms of heart health is canola oil. It can be used for baking, frying, and salad dressing

Canola oil is neutral in taste because it is obtained from rapeseed, the relative of mustard. Since rapeseed is typically sprayed with pesticides, ensure that you are buying an organic expeller-pressed canola oil from different brands. You will find canola oil already added to the foods like frozen fish fillets and baked chips. 

The smoke point of canola oil is high around 205 degrees, so it makes good all-purpose cooking oil. After heating canola oil, it becomes unstable. Never reuse it. 

Peanut Oil

Peanut Oil

Peanut oil is slightly less healthy than canola oil. It contains 18 percent of saturated fats. Other than this, peanut oil is having 48 percent of monounsaturated fats and 34 percent of polyunsaturated fats. Peanut oil, an all-purpose oil is rich in monounsaturated fat. Peanut oil is popular for deep frying because of its high smoke point of 232 degrees.

Most commercial brands you see in grocery stores are chemically treated. In specialty stores and online stores, you will get expeller-pressed brands of peanut oil. Peanut oil is having a longer shelf life than other oils. It is recommended as the best oil for Asian cuisine, especially stir-fries. 

Nutrient Composition of Peanut Oil

A one tablespoon of peanut oils consists of following nutrients:

Nutrient Value
Calories  119
Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 2.3g 
Monounsaturated Fat 6.2g
Polyunsaturated fat 4.3g
Vitamin E  11% of RDI
Phytosterols  27.9mg 

The main type of monounsaturated fat in peanut oil is known as omega-9 or oleic acid. Also, it contains high amounts of omega-6 fatty acid and linoleic acid. There are smaller amounts of palmitic acid that are saturated fat. 

A high amount of omega-6 fatty acid is not good because it causes inflammation that links to various health problems. The monounsaturated fats in peanut oil make it the best for frying and high-heat cooking. 

Peanut Oil Benefits

Antioxidant and Strengthens Immune System

Antioxidant and Strengthens Immune System

One tablespoon of peanut oil contains 11 percent of recommended daily intake of vitamin E. the main role of vitamin E is that it is an antioxidant that contains a lot of health benefits related to the protection of the body from free radical damage. It also reduces the risk of heart disease.

Vitamin E also helps to keep the immune system strong. Hence, your body will protect you from viruses and bacteria. It is also essential for red blood cell formation, preventing blood clots and cell signaling. 

This powerful antioxidant reduces certain cataracts, cancers, risk of heart diseases, and age-related mental decline. 

Reduces Heart Disease Risk

Reduces Heart Disease Risk

Peanut oil is having a high content of MUFA and PUFA that are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats respectively. Both fats help to reduce heart disease by 30 percent. MUFA and PUFA reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 

Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Improves Insulin Sensitivity

The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats also improve the blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Consuming fat with carbohydrates slows down the absorption of sugar level in the digestive tract. It raises blood sugar levels. If you are using peanut oil in cooking, frying, and baking, then there are higher chances that the MUFA and PUFA will control the blood sugar levels.

Nonallergic

Nonallergic

If you are allergic to peanuts then there is good news for you. In the peanut oil-making process, the allergenic component is removed. The manufacturers remove the allergenic component in highly processed peanut oil to make it useful for everyone. Most of the food chains use highly processed peanut oil. 

However, gourmet peanut oil, also known as cold-pressed, extruded and expelled peanut oil should be avoided by those who have a peanut allergy. 

Anti-Cancer Potential

Anti-Cancer Potential

Peanut oil is having unsaturated fats and bioactive compounds that act as cancer-preventive components. Peanut oil contains phytosterols and beta-sitosterol that protect your body from prostate, colon, and breast cancer. Natural plant compounds can inhibit carcinogen products and cell growth. 

Consuming phytosterols by using peanut oil in cooking, frying, and baking can have a positive link to increased activity of antioxidant enzymes. Hence, it reduces oxidative stress. 

Lowers Blood Pressure

Lowers Blood Pressure

Resveratrol in peanut oil is having an important function in the body. Various hormones interact with resveratrol that affects the blood vessels like angiotensin. Angiotensin constricts the arteries and vessels. Resveratrol neutralizes the effects on hormones and decreases blood pressure if you are a blood pressure patient. Lowering the blood pressure means reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system.

Use of Peanut Oil in Skincare

Moisturizing properties

Moisturizing properties

Peanut oil is having a traditional use in moisturizing. It relieves the conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The thick and oily texture of oil leaves a glow on the skin and treats the dryness by deeply moisturizing the skin. Due to its occlusive, emollient, and moisturizing properties, it is added to various skin care products.

Moisture Retaining

Moisture Retaining

A moisturizing compound in peanut oil helps to slow down the water loss from the skin. It does not let the water evaporate from the skin by forming a protective film on it. the main compound responsible for the occlusive property is lanolin, present in peanut oil. 

Moisture Attracting

Moisture Attracting

The drying effect due to soap and alcohols is reduced by the humectants used in skincare products. It attracts and extracts the water molecules from the air and keeps them close to the surface of the skin. Peanut oil is having a rich triglyceride content that makes it an excellent humectant. 

Skin Smoothening

Skin Smoothening

A type of moisturizer that keeps the skin soft and conditioned without using moisture is known as emollients. To keep the skin, soften, they fill the gaps between the skin cells that cause dryness. It makes the skin flexible and gets rid of the dry patches. Oleic acid, stearic acid, and linolenic acid are the major components that make peanut oil a rich emollient. 

Cleansing Properties

Cleansing Properties

Instead of using alcohol cleansing, you can use peanut oil for deep cleansing. Using peanut oil for cleansing does not leave your skin dry and dehydrated because of its moisturizing properties. it dissolves the makeup, dirt, sebum, and blackheads. Also, it is an effective oil that protects your skin against acne breakouts

Anti-Aging Properties 

Anti-Aging Properties

Vitamin E and phenols in peanut oil help you to naturalize the free radicals that mean your skin will fight to age. It repairs the damaged cells and makes your skin radiant and healthy. 

Peanut Oil – A Good Groundnut Oil or Arachis Oil

Peanut oil is also known as groundnut oil or Arachis oil because it is derived from the edible seeds of the peanut plant. The seeds or peanuts that develop underground give it the name of groundnuts. If you are using canola, olive, palm, almond, etc. oils then you can switch to peanut oil because of its health benefits. If you want to use it for your skincare, then it is the best oil you are looking for!