Variety Of Oil (2)
Continued from November 4, 2015.
Some of the health benefits of peanut oil include its ability to reduce cholesterol levels, protect heart health, prevent cancer, boost cognitive function, improve the nervous system, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and protect the skin.
Peanut oil, as the name implies, is a type of vegetable oil commonly used in cooking that is derived from peanuts, which are legumes. Peanut oil 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 can give to the food, particularly if you use the roasted variety, as well as the fact that it is healthier than many other types of oil.
Peanut oil is most commonly used in Asian cultures, including the cuisine of China and Southeast Asian nations like Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
Most of the health benefits of peanut oil come from its diverse types of fatty acids, such as oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid, among others. While unbalanced levels of fatty acids can be dangerous for your health, peanut oil has a very safe balance that can boost your health in a variety of ways, in addition to the health benefits from the other vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds found in peanuts.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the impressive health benefits of this delicious type of cooking oil.
Health benefits of Peanut Oil
Cholesterol levels: Unlike many other vegetable oils, peanut oil is actually free of any cholesterol, which is one of the major contributing factors too complicated heart conditions such as atherosclerosis, which is basically clogging of the arteries. 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 actually reduce your current levels of cholesterol due to the presence of plant sterols. These phytosterols actually compete for cholesterol absorption in the stomach and gut, which can lower your cholesterol levels by 10-15 percent!
Heart health: Lowering your chances of atherosclerosis, as explained above, can reduce your chances of heart attacks and strokes. However, 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 chances of coronary heart disease and strokes.
Soybean oil is extracted from soybeans and is a good source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats. While these types of fats may have several health benefits, soybean oil is still pure fat, which means that eating too much of it can be detrimental for your overall health. When eaten in moderation and in place of unhealthy fats, such as lard, soybean oil can be a healthy addition to your diet.
1-tablespoon serving of soybean oil has 120 calories per serving and 13.6 grams of total fat. Compared with a 1-tablespoon serving of lard, it has more calories and fat — lard has 115 calories per serving and 12.8 grams of fat. However, soybean oil is richer in unsaturated fats, containing only 2.1 grams of saturated fat while lard has over 5 grams of saturated fat, almost 40 per cent of the total fat content.
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