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Benefits of Peanut Oil And Its Side Effects

The benefits of peanut oil can be summed up such that it is used for body massage, helps in strengthening body, used as an antispasmodic, helps in improving heart health, helps in improving blood flow, helps in improving hair health, provides skin care, helps to prevent stomach problems, used in aromatherapy, helps to get rid of acne and black heads, helps in lowering high blood pressure, helps in maintaining cholesterol level, helps in improving blood flow.

Benefits of Peanut Oil And Its Side Effects

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Peanut Oil
Nutritional Value of Peanut Oil
Health Benefits of Peanut Oil
Used for Body Massage
Helps in improving heart health
Helps in improving blood flow
Helps in maintaining cholesterol level
Helps in lowering high blood pressure
Helps to get rid of acne and black heads
Helps to prevent stomach problems
Used in aromatherapy
Provides Skin care
Helps in improving hair health
Used as an antispasmodic
Helps in strengthening body
Uses of Peanut Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Peanut Oil
Cultivation of Peanut Oil

Peanut Oil

Peanut oil, a sweet edible vegetable oil with a strong peanut flavour and aroma, also known as groundnut oil or arachis oil, is derived from peanuts (Arachis hypogea) a low-growing, annual plant that is a member of the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae). It often finds its use in the preparation of Chinese, South Asian and South-east Asian cuisine, both for general cooking and also in the case of roasted oil for added flavour. Peanut oil is commonly used for frying foods due to its high smoke point in comparison to other cooking oils. Its major component fatty acids are oleic acid (46.8% as olein), linoleic acid (33.4% as linolein), and palmitic acid (10.0% as palmitin). The oil also contains some stearic acid, arachidic acid, behenic acid, lignoceric acid and other fatty acids. Vitamin E and sometimes other antioxidants are added to improve the shelf life of the oil.

Nutritional Value of Peanut Oil

One tablespoon oil of peanut oil serves 119.3 kcal. Out of the total fat content of 13.5g, saturated fat is 2.3g, polyunsaturated fat is 4.3g and monounsaturated fat is 6.2g. Content of Vitamin E is 8.7%, Vitamin K is 1%, iron is 1 % and choline is 1%. Peanut oil however do not contain any Cholesterol, Carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and other minerals.

Health Benefits of Peanut Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Peanut Oil
Health Benefits of Peanut Oil

Used for Body Massage

A peanut oil massage is refreshing and can energize our body and help to get rid of joint problems. This gives great relief to aching joints and muscles if used on a daily basis. Peanut oil contains Vitamin E which is excellent for skin protection and better health.

Helps in improving heart health

Peanut oil is very high in calories because of the fatty acid content. However, this oil is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) that helps in lowering bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the blood. This helps in preventing coronary artery disease and heart attacks by maintaining a healthy blood lipid profile.

Helps in improving blood flow

Peanut oil contains linoleic acid which is a precursor of prostaglandins. Prostaglandin is required to carry out many important functions in the body such as the contraction and dilation of blood vessels and other muscles of the body.

Helps in maintaining cholesterol level

Peanut cooking oil should be included in a moderate quantity in our daily diet to maintain proper levels of cholesterol and for heart health.

Helps in lowering high blood pressure

Peanut oil contains monounsaturated fats that are useful in lowering high blood pressure. This indirectly helps to reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Helps to get rid of acne and black heads

Taking a few drops of peanut oil mixed with 2 to 3 drops of lime juice is an orthodox remedy to treat acne. Peanut oil is commonly used for natural skin care and for dry skin. This also gives wondrous results in protecting your skin from blackheads.

Helps to prevent stomach problems

Peanut oil helps to prevent many disorders of the stomach. Hence it is an excellent remedy to cure disorders like constipation, digestive problems, diarrhoea, etc.

Used in aromatherapy

Peanut oil is widely used in aromatherapy, since it has a very light and nutty aroma. This can be used for body massage for a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Provides Skin care

Many lotions and creams contain peanut oil. It can be found particularly in nappy rash creams and bath products, known as “arachis oil”. Some nipple creams can also contain peanut oil for moisturization.

Helps in improving hair health

Peanut oil reduces protein loss, thickens hair, adds moisture to split ends and regenerates damaged hair. It also reduces flaking of the scalp.

Used as an antispasmodic

Diabetic patients are recommended to use peanut oil on a regular basis to improve their body’s insulin level. The oil helps to lower the blood glucose levels to normal and controls the blood sugar level.

Helps in strengthening body

Peanut oil is a very rich source of protein. It should be consumed in a moderate amount daily for building muscles and for body strengthening.

Uses of Peanut Oil

Peanut oil finds its use in lowering of cholesterol, prevention of heart disease, as a cooking oil, prevention of cancer, decreasing appetite for weight loss, helps during constipation when applied to the rectum, helps in arthritis and joint pain when applied to the skin, when applied to the skin controls scalp crusting, scaling, dry skin and other skin problems.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Peanut Oil

The side effects of using peanut oil are not very much significant. It is safe for most people when taken by mouth, applied to the skin or used rectally in medicinal amounts. Moreover women should stick to normal amounts of peanut oil in their diet during pregnancy or breast-feeding. However, it has been reported that sometimes this oil can cause serious allergic reactions in people who are hypersensitive to peanuts, soybeans and other leguminous plants.

Anaphylaxis is another dangerous and sometimes fatal side effect of peanut oil. If a person has peanut allergy and have unknowingly ingested or used peanut oil then he may experience severe side effects, such as vomiting, pain in the abdomen, swollen lips and throat, difficulty breathing, and chest congestion.

Cultivation of Peanut Oil

Cultivated peanut (A. hypogaea) arose from a hybrid between two wild species of peanut, thought to be A. duranensis and A. ipaensis. Genetic analysis suggests the hybridization event probably occurred only once and gave rise to A. monticola, a wild form of peanut that occurs in a few restricted locations in northwestern Argentina, and by artificial selection to A. hypogaea. The process of domestication through artificial selection made A. hypogaea dramatically different from its wild relatives. The domesticated plants are bushier and more compact, and have a different pod structure and larger seeds. The initial domestication may have taken place in northwestern Argentina, or in southeastern Bolivia, where the peanut landraces with the most wild-like features are grown today. From this primary center of origin, cultivation spread and formed secondary and tertiary centers of diversity in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Over time, thousands of peanut landraces evolved; these are classified into six botanical varieties and two subspecies.

The oldest known archeological remains of pods have been dated at about 7,600 years old. They were found in Peru, where dry climatic conditions are favorable to the preservation of organic material. Almost certainly, peanut cultivation antedated this at the center of origin where the climate is moister. Many pre-Columbian cultures, such as the Moche, depicted peanuts in their art. Cultivation was well established in Mesoamerica before the Spanish arrived. There, the conquistadors found the tlalcacahuatl (the plant's Nahuatl name, whence Mexican Spanish cacahuate, Castillian Spanish cacahuete, and French cacahuète) being offered for sale in the marketplace of Tenochtitlan.

The peanut was later spread worldwide by European traders, and cultivation is now very widespread in tropical and subtropical regions. In West Africa, it substantially replaced a crop plant from the same family, the Bambara groundnut, whose seed pods also develop underground. In Asia, it became an agricultural mainstay and this region is now the largest producer in the world.

In today’s world, peanut growing is most important in the United States.

Although it was mainly a garden crop for much of the colonial period, it was mostly used as animal feed stock until the 1930s. The US Department of Agriculture initiated a program to encourage agricultural production and human consumption of peanuts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. George Washington Carver developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts during his tenure in the program.

Shortage of whale oil in the Confederacy made peanut oil an attractive alternative during the American Civil War. The oil had increased use in the United States during World War II, because of war shortages of other oils.

Popular Questions & Answers

My finger tips are becoming numb and skin is peeling off. I am 74 years old and diabetic. Had bypass surgery 6 years ago. I take plant-based diet cooked without oil. Stopped taking dairy products.

Diploma in Diabetology, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
Please don't stop the oil as it is an essential part of the diet. You can take either of the following. Coconut oil, peanut oil, sesame oil or mustard oil. You can also take pure ghee. Are you diabetic? If so, then check your blood sugar levels. You can take Cap. Becosules-Z once or twice daily till the numbness disappears. Apply a moisturiser over the hands & fingers daily.
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Groundnut oil or sunflower oil which is better in terms of health benefits and nutritional value.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Choosing Between Vegetable Oil and Sunflower Oil. Both oils have high smoke points, which is important when deep frying foods, and are low in saturated fats, which is important in reducing the risk of heart disease. Vegetable oil may be less expensive and more readily available than sunflower oil.Groundnut oil or peanut oil is got a good combination of fats, and has the good monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and is low in bad saturated fats. It's a good all-purpose oil for cooking and it works particularly well for Asian foods that are prepared in the wok

My cholesterol levels are high, Could you please tell me how I can reduce them without tables. I have earlier used the medication for reducing the cholesterol levels which had impact on LFT. So thinking on reducing it through food control/exercise/Yoga etc. Please suggest me if there are any foods that can be consumed/not consumed? Thank you.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
Follow diet modifications (get a detailed diet consult for a low fat, low sugar diet) and start exercising begin gradually and increase to daily 45 mins of brisk walking or yoga. Stop drinking and smoking if you do. If they still remain high, consult a cardiologist for options.

I am 34 years of age and overweight. And I have high triglyceride 188 seen in the lipid profile test. cholesterol levels are normal. I have prescribed fenofibrate 200 mg once a day. Please guide me that 200 mg is necessary or 160 mg per day can be taken instead of 200 mg.

M.B.B.S. , PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
Hi have noted all your details, A triglyceride level of less then 300 mg/dl needs not to be treated with fenofibrinates. Asian population have high levels of triglycerides due to our genetics.In case you want to start medication ,start with low dose of statin like atorvastatin, they effect triglycerides also, and are safer then fenofibrinates. 45 min of strenous exercise should be done every day, 30 minutes of walk at speed not less then 5.1 km/hr should be done daily avoid ghee butter peanut oil, instead take olive oil or saffola. Add fibres to you diet avoid paneer cheese ,red meat and egg yolk change will take atleast 3 month repeat lipid after 3 months.
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I had high tryglerides. And am taking lipaglyn tab at morning I like to avoid medicine. What is my next step.

M.B.B.S. , PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
Hi Do strenous exercise 45 minutes a day Avoid ghee butter use saffola or rice bran oil instead Add fibres to your diet Asians usually have a high level of triglyceride as compared to white Medical therapy is not indicated if tg level are less then 300 Try life style modification for 3 months atleast before starting medicines.

Popular Health Tips

Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Vegetable Oils are the oils that are obtained from various plants and their sources. They comprise of different types of oils which are procured from sources like seeds, herbs, nuts, legumes and fruits. Common examples of vegetable oils are olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and peanut oil.

Mustard oil is also, in fact, a vegetable oil as is extracted from the seeds of the mustard. Mustard oil is used a lot in traditional cooking. However, today, most people like to use new varieties of vegetable oils. But how healthy is this trend?

Mustard oil is a vegetable oil obtained from mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in colour and has a pungent odour. Its main benefits are

  1. Mustard oil contains good unsaturated fats. These fats don't get deposited in your blood vessels.
  2. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  3. Mustard oil also contains ‘Glucosinolate’, a substance that has antimicrobial properties. Thus, the oil is effective against infections.
  4. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil is very good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it helps reduce inflammation along the lining of your stomach.

Vegetable oils

  1. In comparison to mustard, vegetable oils are tasteless and are known to adapt to the food’s natural taste, due to which consumers often pick them up over mustard.
  2. Almost all vegetable oils are cholesterol-free, but they do contain some saturated and unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as we know, do play a role in blood cholesterol level.
  3. Each one of the vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower and groundnut have some benefits and negatives. Let’s take a quick look at the oil profiles of these three common vegetable oils before you select the oil for cooking in your kitchen.

Oil profile

  1. Groundnut: It is high in MUFA or monounsaturated fats and PUFA or polyunsaturated fats, and both of these help in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Groundnut is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-cancer properties and skin benefits.
  2. Sunflower: What’s perhaps the best thing about this oil is its light flavor that doesn’t overpower other ingredients. It also contains a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
  3. Olive: It’s high in MUFA, so it’s linked to lower risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Extra virgin oil is rich in natural plant antioxidants and these can protect against damaging free radicals. The oil is reasonably high in saturated fats, so it should be used sparingly.

You can choose the oil for yourself keeping the above guidelines in mind, as no oil is best for all. You need to match the oil with your cooking style and health needs to get the best out of it. We recommend that you mix two oils and cook. This way you get the best of the best.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Maintain Healthy Skin?

MBBS
General Physician,
How To Maintain Healthy Skin?

To maintain natural, clear skin - avoid highly refined foods, sugary foods, soda drinks, fast food, dairy products, peanut oil and sweetbreads.

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Peanut Allergy Diet!

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
Peanut Allergy Diet!

General guidelines for peanut allergy

The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. If you are allergic to peanuts, you will need to avoid peanuts and foods that contain peanuts. It is necessary to read all food labels.

How to read a label for a peanut-free diet:

In addition to peanuts, avoid foods that contain any of the following ingredients:

  • Artificial nuts (Nu-Nuts)

  • Beer nuts

  • Ground nuts

  • Mixed nuts

  • Monkey nuts

  • Peanut butter

  • Peanut flour

  • Peanut oil

Foods that may contain peanuts

These foods may also contain peanuts:

  • African, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, and other ethnic dishes

  • Baked goods

  • Candy

  • Cereals

  • Chili, spaghetti sauce

  • Crackers

  • Egg rolls

  • Enchilada sauce

  • Flavoring (natural and artificial) 

  • Hydrolyzed plant protein

  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

  • Ice creams, frozen yogurts, Tofutti

  • Marzipan

  • Nougat

Other sources of peanuts

These food sources may also contain peanuts:

  • Studies show that most people with allergies can safely eat foods containing peanut oil—except peanut oil that is cold-pressed, expressed, or expelled.

  • Ethnic foods, commercially prepared baked goods, and candy can be cross-contaminated with peanuts since peanuts are often used in these types of foods.

  • Peanut butter and/or peanut flour have been used in homemade chili and spaghetti sauce as thickeners.

  • Hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein may be from peanuts in imported foods.

Best Keto Diet Foods That Can Help You To Lose Weight!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh
Best Keto Diet Foods That Can Help You To Lose Weight!

Keto diet foods are very much in trend today. We at Live Life More Diet Clinic, have tried to suggest few Keto diets plans, especially keto diet for Indians, who are majorly vegetarians. These foods are the meal plans that set our body into the state of “ketosis”.

KETO DIET

A diet with low carbohydrates, moderate proteins & high-fat content, has been proved to be very helpful in various conditions from epileptic treatment to anti-obesity or weight loss. It is believed that while on ketogenic or low-carb high-fat diet plan, our metabolism sets our body into the fat burning furnace, resulting in weight loss. More ketone bodies are produced which act as fuel for the brain and also improves the physical performance, thus, are used for athletes to provide them with more stamina for practice.

WHAT IS KETO DIET?

As it is also referred to be a low carb diet plan, thus, precisely, a diet routine using fats as a major source of energy for the body is called a ketogenic diet. There are a number of forms of KETO diets like Atkins, Paleo etc. But in strict sense to set the body in ketosis following must be the macro composition-

  • Carbohydrates – 5 percent.
  • Proteins – (20-25) percent.
  • Fats – 70 percent.

Thus, for 1600 kcal KETO diet:

  • Carbohydrates – 20 g/ day.
  • Proteins – 80 g/ day.
  • Fats – 130 g/ day.

How does KETO plan work as anti- obesity diet, which helps in weight loss?

KETO plan feeds lesser carbohydrates in a day.

  • Using fat as a fuel, letting body enter the state of ketosis.
  • Ketosis is breaking down of stored fat in the liver to produce energy. Thus, the stored fat will be used and you lose weight.
  • As the fat will not be deposited in the body, you will become leaner and healthier.
  • Finally, with a lesser fat deposit in the body, you will be saved from many other harmful conditions like heart diseases, diabetes, cholesterol levels etc.

KETOGENIC DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS

A number of times we scroll on the web in search of the food plan that can help us understand that what foods can be used in KETO plan. But mostly that we get into our vision are the products that we Indians are not using in our diets. So, here is a sample of some useful tips that can help you choose wisely from the variety of eatables to get benefitted by the Indianized KETO foods for vegetarians (as veg eaters consume more carbs then non- vegetarians).

GOOD DIET FOODS FOR KETO:

Protein sources Fat & oil sources Low carbs

 

 

Dairy foods Fruits
Almonds. Olive oil Beans Butter Blackberries
Pumpkin, Chia Seeds Coconut oil

 

 

Cucumber Paneer Strawberries
Tofu Flax seed oil Spinach Hard full fat cheese Avocado
Walnuts. Avocado Pepper Cream

 

(whipped & sour)

 
Pista, Cashew Cocoa butter Onion Yogurt  
Almond flour Peanut oil Tomato Cream cheese  
Soya flour Ghee Broccoli Coconut butter  
    Mushroom    
    Cauliflower    
    Summer Squash    

Sample Keto Diet Meal Plan

Breakfast

  • Paneer or Soya Patties -2.
  • Avocado-1.

Lunch

  • Tofu salad – Toss 3 cups of lettuce, crumbled tofu, tomato with 2 tbsp. Mayo.
  • Yogurt with chia seeds.

Evening

  • Strawberries smoothie with whipped cream.

Dinner

  • Baked broccoli & pepper with 2 tbsp. of olive oil with soya roti coated with ghee.
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Which Oil Is Best For Weight Loss?

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Which Oil Is Best For Weight Loss?

Here are some oils which are well known to you:

1. Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oil and is suitable for cooking in oven and frying and can be used as salad dressing. It helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

2. Canola oil: Canola oil provides mono-unsaturated fatty acids. It has high amount of omega-3 fatty acids because of its light flavor and high smoke point. It is one of the most adaptable cooking oil. It can be used for cooking, dressing, grilling, sauteing, etc.

3. Vegetable oil: Vegetable oil are fully loaded with trans fats which can raise the risk of cardio vascular disease it has very high level of omega-6 fatty acids. Our body needs omega-3 and omega-6 in 1: 1. People with high consumption of vegetable oil and their products are at risk for vitamin-e deficiency and other deficiencies.

4. Coconut oil: It is edible oil extracted from kernel of coconut. Because of it's high saturated fat content it is slow to oxidize. It helps in prevention of heart disease and high blood pressure, boost immune system, prevent osteoporosis, helps in weight loss. It also helps in balancing hormones naturally.

5. Rice bran oil: It is extracted from hard outer brown layer of rice. It lower down the cholesterol levels, boosts immune system, aids in weight loss, relives menopausal symptoms. It has high smoke point which is used in high temperature cooking methods like stir frying, deep frying, etc.

6. Flax seed oil: It is yellowish oil obtained from dried, ripened seed of flax plant. It has high fiber content and rich in potassium and omega-3 fatty acid. It reduces the risk of heart related problems, play a role in burning body's fat, promote healthy skin, etc.

7. Soy oil: It is a vegetable oil extracted from seeds of soybean. It is one of the most widely consumed cooking oils. It is low in saturated fats. It is rich in vitamin-k which helps in strengthening of bones it inhibits cholesterol absorption. It also helps in reduction of triglycerides level in body.

8. Ground nut oil: It is also known as peanut oil which is derived from peanuts. It helps to prevent cancer, boost immune system, protect against symptoms of ageing such as wrinkles but excess intake of this oil may lead to weight gain.

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Table of Content

Peanut Oil
Nutritional Value of Peanut Oil
Health Benefits of Peanut Oil
Used for Body Massage
Helps in improving heart health
Helps in improving blood flow
Helps in maintaining cholesterol level
Helps in lowering high blood pressure
Helps to get rid of acne and black heads
Helps to prevent stomach problems
Used in aromatherapy
Provides Skin care
Helps in improving hair health
Used as an antispasmodic
Helps in strengthening body
Uses of Peanut Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Peanut Oil
Cultivation of Peanut Oil