Organic Cold-pressed Peanut Oil
Cold-pressed Peanut OilThe 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.
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.
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.