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8 reasons why you should cook only with peanut oil, according to a dietician

Published on:4 December 2020, 13:35pm IST
Not all oils give you bad cholesterol and obesity. In fact, peanut oil has multiple health benefits.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Peanut oil is the right choice, baby! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Do you know that peanut oil is one of the healthiest oils in the world? We’re not the only ones claiming it. Renowned nutritionists and dieticians bow down to the benefits of peanut oil.

So, what is the reason behind so many professionals recommending peanut oil? Well, most of the oils turn into trans fat when you heat them. You’re probably already aware of how bad trans fats can be for your health. On the other hand, peanut oil has a relatively high smoking point which is around 43.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Hence, it makes for the perfect cooking oil.

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Apart from the fact that it is safe to cook with, there are multiple other health benefits it has in store for you.

Dietician Ashima Nayyar from Paras Hospital, Panchkula told us of the 8 key health benefits of peanut oil:

1. Peanut oil aids weight loss

There are many of us who try to pull every string possible but are unable to lose weight because our metabolism isn’t all that great. Turns out, consuming peanut oil can help you boost your metabolism and contribute to weight loss.

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In fact, a study conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the current online issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that those who ate peanuts or peanut oil had a two times higher likelihood of reversing their metabolic syndrome.

2. It improves sensitivity to insulin

“For diabetic patients, peanut oil is a safe option. This is because peanut oil has a high content of unsaturated fats which boosts insulin sensitivity and keeps blood sugar levels under control,” suggests Ms Nayyar.

3. It helps in hair growth

Why subject your scalp to harsh chemicals when you can apply peanut oil and keep your tresses healthy? The vitamin E present in it strengthens the hair follicles, reduce the effect of any damage and prevents dandruff.

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4. Peanut oil is a great anti-ageing product

“Peanut oil is a rich source of vitamin E and has anti-ageing properties. This oil helps to minimize visible symptoms of ageing such as dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, patchy skin, and pigmentation”, said Ms Nayyar.

5. It prevents inflammatory problems like arthritis

Arthritis is a disease that arises due to inflammation of the bones. It can be extremely painful, especially during the winter months. Peanut oil can ease the pain and also reduce the joint inflammation associated with it. It tends to strengthen the joints as well.

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6. It helps in reducing the risk of cancer

“As the oil is full of antioxidants, it is an excellent addition to your diet for the prevention of different forms of cancers,” suggests Ms Nayyar.

7. Peanut oil is great for those who have cardiovascular problems

This oil contains healthy cholesterol or HDL, which reduces bad cholesterol levels. Peanut oil does not contribute to arterial blockage and also helps maintain the levels of cholesterol in the body.

8. It gives you acne-free skin

If acne has been troubling you, peanut oil can certainly save you. You see, peanut oil combats any inflammation that can result in acne. Plus, its antibacterial properties also make it a perfect fit for your gut and skin.

So, start using peanut oil for cooking and stay healthy!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.