Is peanut oil good for your health?

Peanut oil - a healthy all-rounder

Many people have become aware of the hidden dangers lurking in vegetable oils like canola, soybean or corn oils and have now switched to healthy alternatives like olive oil and coconut oil. Nut oils are also becoming increasingly popular, peanut oil is one of the most popular.

However, there are certain factors to consider before using peanut oil, especially when cooking.

What is peanut oil?

A sweet and flavorful cooking oil, also called peanut oil, is made from Arachis hypogea, a slow-growing annual plant that is the only member of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae) family.

Despite the word “nut” in the name, peanut is a legume and grows underground, unlike other nuts like walnuts and almonds that grow on trees (hence called tree nuts).

Peanut is said to have originated in South America. The Incas of Peru used peanuts as offerings and placed them next to their mummies as an aid to spiritual life.

Tribes in central Brazil also made a drink from peanuts, and European corn researchers brought the plant to North America, Asia, and Africa where it was widely used.

Today the top three peanut producers are India, China, and the United States. Peanut kernels are eaten fresh or roasted, or used for cooking and confectionery. However, they are also converted into an edible oil with a pleasant aroma and taste.

Peanut oil can either be cold-pressed, which has a deep yellow color and a pleasant nutty aroma and sweet aroma, or refined, light yellow, neutral taste and free of allergens and impurities.

You can also buy roasted peanut oil, which has a deeper taste and color and is best used for flavoring, infusing dishes, or in dressings, sauces and marinades.

Uses of peanut oil

Peanut oil is currently one of the most popular oils used in cooking as it can be used for frying, frying, or simply adding a mild nut flavor to dishes. It is widely used in Asian cultures, such as China, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Refined peanut oil has a neutral taste and does not absorb the taste of the food cooked in it. In fact, multiple types of food can be cooked in the same batch of peanut oil without contaminating the flavors.

However, before using this oil liberally in cooking, keep in mind that it is high in omega-6 fatty acids which can upset your omega 3: 6 ratio and ruin your health. I recommend limiting your use for cooking or frying and preferably using it without heating.

Coconut oil is a healthier choice of cooking oil . Not only is it stable enough to withstand heat-induced damage, but it also contains large amounts of saturated fats, which are essential to your health. Peanut oil can also be used for aromatherapy. Here are some easy ways to use it: 

As a massage oil to strengthen your body and to relieve sore joints and muscles.

To get rid of acne.Peanut oil works for both natural skin and dry skin and protects the skin from blackheads.

To treat dandruff.Simply mix a tablespoon of peanut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon juice and then apply it to your scalp. Leave on for two to three hours and rinse with shampoo and water.

This edible oil also helps reduce protein loss, thickens the hair, moisturizes the ends of the hair and regenerates damaged hair.

To keep your lips hydrated.Brush your lips with a soft toothbrush for three to four minutes, wipe them smooth with a cotton ball dipped in warm water, and then massage peanut oil onto your lips.

Composition of peanut oil

The high oil content in peanuts usually consists of over 75 percent unsaturated fatty acids. The most common are the monounsaturated fatty acids oleic acid (48 percent) and omega-6 linoleic acid (34 percent).

It also contains saturated fats, but in smaller amounts - only 18 percent. Peanut oil's percentage of fatty acids is similar to that of olive oil in the diet - high in monounsaturated fats, which are dominated by oleic acid, and low in saturated fats.

Peanut oil has a long shelf life if stored properly. Cold-pressed peanut oil can last a year, while refined peanut oil can stay fresh for up to 18 months. Keep it in a cool, dry place out of sunlight.

Benefits of peanut oil

Peanut oil, in moderation and in unheated form, can have a variety of health benefits. This edible oil is a natural tonic that will boost immunity and revitalize your entire body.

It has high levels of polyphenol antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals that cause chronic diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Resveratrol, one of the powerful antioxidants in peanut oil, can also interact with various hormones like angiotensin, which contract blood vessels and arteries, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress on the cardiovascular system.

Peanut oil can also benefit your heart because of its monounsaturated fat (oleic acid) content, which helps lower your bad cholesterol while increasing your good cholesterol at the same time.

This helps prevent heart diseases such as coronary artery disease, heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis. When applied topically, peanut oil can help promote skin health as it is rich in vitamin E. It also protects against free radicals that cause wrinkles, spots, and other signs of premature aging.

Effects of peanut oil?

Peanut oil can be applied topically to the skin, mixed with other essential oils, or absorbed (in moderation). Aside from its rich nutritional profile, peanut oil penetrates your body and circulatory system well. This makes it an ideal carrier oil for other stronger essential oils.

Impact - Insufficient Evidence

  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Heart disease prevention
  • Prevent cancer.
  • Loss of appetite for weight loss.
  • Constipation when applied to the rectum.
  • Arthritis and joint pain when applied to the skin.
  • Dry skin and other skin problems

More evidence is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of peanut oil for these purposes.

Tolerability - Is Peanut Oil Safe?

Despite its wealth of uses, peanut oil is not safe for everyone. This is because peanuts contain allergens and are responsible for the majority of diet-related allergic reactions.18Peanut allergy is no laughing matter as it is one of the most serious food allergies and can lead to fatal side effects.

If you have a peanut allergy (or suspect you may have a peanut allergy), I recommend that you do not consume peanut oil in very small amounts and use it do not apply topically.

Also, keep in mind that peanut oil is added to certain foods. Therefore, always read the label when shopping for groceries. If you are eating out, ask your server if your food contains or is cooked with peanut or peanut oil.

However, research shows that highly refined peanut oil, with all allergic proteins removed, cannot cause these serious effects. So if you have a peanut allergy, you can go for refined peanut oil.

It is best to consult your doctor beforehand. I advise pregnant women and nursing mothers to use peanut oil with caution.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you and your child. If you have sensitive skin, do a skin patch test before using this oil topically.

Side effects of peanut oil

Anaphylaxis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal side effect of peanut oil. If you have a peanut allergy and have unknowingly ingested or used peanut oil, you may experience serious side effects such as vomiting, abdominal pain, swollen lips and throat, shortness of breath, and chest congestion.

See an emergency doctor right away as this can be fatal.