Health benefits of peanut oil

Health benefits of peanut oil

 

 

 

The health benefits of peanut oil include skincare, lower cholesterol levels, improved heart health, and nervous system. It also helps reduce the risk of cancer, boosts cognitive function, strengthens the immune system, and lowers blood pressure.

 

 

What is Peanut Oil?

Peanut oil, also known by other names such as groundnut oil and Arachis oil, is a type of vegetable oil commonly used in cooking that is derived from peanuts. It comes in a number of varieties, including refined, unrefined, roasted, and cold-pressed, which have slight differences in their nutritional value and health benefits.

Generally, people use peanut oil in their cooking for the interesting flavor that it gives, particularly the roasted variety, as well as the fact that it is healthier than many types of oil. 

 

 

 

Health benefits 

 

Controls Cholesterol Levels

Peanut oil is cholesterol-free, which is one of the major factors contributing to complicated heart conditions such as atherosclerosis. Since cooking oil is used in many different ways, eliminating this dangerous cholesterol from your body can help prevent a variety of health complications.

Furthermore, not only does peanut oil lack cholesterol, it can reduce your current levels of cholesterol due to the presence of plant sterols. 

 

 

Health benefits of peanut oil

 

 

Boosts Heart Health

Peanut oil also contains monounsaturated fatty acids, like oleic acid; which increases the levels of “good cholesterol”, called HDL, in the blood. 

This beneficial cholesterol actually helps to scrape off and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your risk of developing coronary heart diseases and strokes.

 

 

ALSO READ: Does peanut butter make you gain weight?

 

 

Anti-cancer Potential

There has been a lot of debate on the potential of nutritional components of nuts in cancer prevention. 

 

 

Lowers Blood Pressure

Resveratrol has another important function in the body. It interacts with various hormones that affect blood vessels, like angiotensin, which constricts vessels and arteries. By neutralizing the effects of that hormone, resveratrol helps to decrease blood pressure, which reduces stress on the cardiovascular system. 

 

 

Prevents Cognitive Disorders

Resveratrol may have therapeutic value to neuronal degeneration; however further studies are needed to verify this claim.

 

 

Skin Care

Like many vegetable oils, is quite rich in vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for human beings.  It is particularly important for the maintenance and health of the skin, protecting it from the effects of free radicals that cause wrinkles, blemishes, and other signs of premature aging. The vitamin E in peanut oil keeps your skin looking young and healthy as you get older.

 

 

Boosts Immune System

A final benefit of the impressive levels of resveratrol in peanut oil is the improvement of your immune system. Viral and fungal infections are particularly susceptible to this antioxidant, so adding peanut oil to your diet can keep you healthy in yet another way, by stimulating your white blood cell production to fend off any foreign agents in your body.

 

 

Insulin Sensitivity

In a study published in the Lipids in Health and Disease journal, oleic acid shows an increase in insulin production to undo the inhibitory insulin effect of TNF-α: Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha. 

Peanut oil, which is high in oleic acid ameliorates the diabetic symptoms of type-2 diabetic subjects characterized by inflammation. Findings suggest that peanuts are beneficial in lowering the risk of type-2 diabetes in women.

 

 

NOTE: Although the types of fatty acids in peanut oil are generally beneficial, they are only healthy in moderate amounts. Remember, they are still technically fats, and are, therefore, high in calories. 

Don’t go overboard when cooking with peanut oil, as it can lead to weight gain. Obesity has a whole range of associated health risks, so be careful and enjoy your meals responsibly!

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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