Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Groundnut Oil

Groundnut oil is one of the major vegetable oils used in cooking and frying, and as the name implies, it is produced from groundnuts and in some countries it is called Peanut oil which contains many beneficial nutrients.

The nutrients that can be found in groundnut oil includes a low percentage of saturated fats, a high percentage of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, it is also rich in essential vitamins and has good antioxidant properties.

 

12 Surprising Health Benefits of Groundnut oil are as follows:

 

1.  Helps in promoting Healthy Heart

 Groundnut or peanut oil is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and low in saturated fat which makes it a better substitute for other vegetable oils that are not rich in this nutrient, the unsaturated fats help in lowering the level of bad cholesterols in the body known as LDL cholesterol which causes or triggers the risk of heart diseases when high.

 Due to monounsaturated fatty acids contained in groundnut oil, it goes a long way in improving the heart health. It is advisable to use a healthy balance of fatty acids which contributes majorly to heart disease management and also prevents strokes.

 

2.  Prevention Of Cancer

Groundnut oil contains high levels of antioxidants known as resveratrol and polyphenol which functions as an agent for interacting with the free radicals in the body thereby eliminating their reactions which damages the cells in the body.

The presence of polyphenol can also help to reduce as well as eliminate the chances of cancer growth in the body because of its antioxidant effect. Therefore groundnut oil can really be of great help in cancer prevention.

 

3.  Promotes Healthy Skin

Groundnut oil contains vitamin E, which protects the skin from skin diseases, removes wrinkles, scaly skin and blemishes thereby reducing aging as well.

In some cases, it can be used as a massage oil because of the vitamin E content which doesn’t only help to improve the skin tone but protect it as well; it also reduces joint pains and related problems as it has been proven effective in its use to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Therefore constant use of groundnut oil in cooking contributes a lot in making your skin look young and healthy as you get older.

 

4.  Helps in Lowering Cholesterol

 Too much cholesterol is bad for the body and the overall health as it leads to stroke, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and other related health conditions, which is why foods rich in cholesterol are strictly advised to reduce its intake.

Luckily, groundnut has no cholesterol and helps to maintain a normal body cholesterol level which is good for the health. Groundnut oil which is cholesterol-free can help greatly in lowering your current levels of cholesterol because of the plant sterols contained in it.

Plant sterol obstructs the absorption of cholesterols in the body and then removes it out of the body when they are discharged.

 

5.  Prevents digestive disorders

 Fiber that is contained in groundnut oil helps in the prevention of digestive disorders such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other problems that irritate the bowel.

Therefore intake of groundnut oil can help in preventing constipation and indigestion.

 

6.  For Body Massage

Groundnut oil is good oil that can be used for body massage. It aids greatly in the treatment of joint problems.

Peanut oil also called groundnut oil brings new energy and strength when used for body massage and it helps to get rid of joint issues.

If used on a daily basis for body massage, it will go a long way in relieving aching joints and muscles.

  

7.  Lowers Blood Pressure

Because of the high amount of resveratrol contained in the groundnut oil which helps in decreasing blood pressure thereby reducing stress on the cardiovascular system.

The use of groundnut oil for cooking can help to manage blood pressure levels.

This antioxidant contained in the oil is notable due to his positive interactions with numerous hormones such as angiotensin which compresses vessels and arteries.

Therefore people with high blood pressure are likely to have an excess of this hormone called angiotensin. Because of resveratrol contained in groundnut oil, it is capable of regulating the activity of this hormone, which helps to decrease blood pressure levels.

 

8.  Prevents Cognitive Disorders

One of the things constant uses of Groundnut oil does is improving the cognition and health of your brain.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the common diseases that affect people as they get older and it is caused by the spread of plaques in the brain and oxidation of brain tissue, but with groundnut oil which is known to be anti-oxidant oil because of the presence of resveratrol, it is able to prevent cognitive disorders.

 

9.  For Hair Growth

The nutrient contained in groundnut oil serves as a good supplement for hair care. Since groundnut oil is rich in vitamin E, it virtually maintains the hair in all achievable ways.

Vitamin E and other fat contained in the oil help to reduce protein loss from the hair and even thicken the hairs. Vitamin D which is also contained in the groundnut oil also contributes a lot for healthy and lustrous hair.

 Groundnut oil stops the excessive loss of moisture from hair and scalp and makes you look rich and exciting all day long.

 

10.      Treatment of Dandruff

Dandruff is known to be one of the worst hair issues of the hair, which can be so shameful and extremely prevalent.

Dandruff can be caused by excessive production of sebum from the scalp and also can be contacted through the use of hair products that one is allergic to, groundnut oil helps to hydrate the scalp and reduces sebum production.

You can try this by adding some groundnut oil and tea tree oil into some lemon juice, then after applying the mixture in your scalp and wash the hair after about two hours. This can be done at least two times a week until it disappears.


11.        Treatment Of Acne (spots and pimples)

Groundnut oil does a lot for your skin, most especially if you have skin that is been affected by acne disorders.

Groundnut oil is known to be one of the natural ways of treating spots and pimples. Groundnut oil when blend with a few drops of lemon juice has a great effect on acne disorders and shrinking pores.

Groundnut oil can be used for natural skin products because of effective elements contained in it which help to soften and protect the skin while it’s been moisturized.

 

12.        Lips hydration

Groundnut oil helps in making your lips smooth. It can be used to moisturize and protect your lips after exfoliation. Rough lips are not really because of dry lips or dehydration but because we don’t take care of our lips the way it should be.

Exfoliation of the lips can be done with a sugar scrub or any natural exfoliant, then after you can apply the groundnut oil in your lips which helps in making your lips smooth and soft. 

 

Nutritional Values of Groundnut oil

 

Nutrient

Amount

Energy

884Kcal

Protein

0g

Carbohydrate

0g

Cholesterol

0mg

Total fat    

100 g

Dietary fiber      

0 g

Vitamin A  

0 IU

Vitamin K  

0.7 µg

Vitamin E  

815.69 mg

Vitamin C  

0

Thiamin    

0 mg

Riboflavin  

0 mg

Pyridoxine 

0 mg

Pantothenic acid 

0 mg

Niacin       

0 mg

Folates      

0 µg

Potassium 

0 mg

Sodium     

0 mg

Zinc 

0.01 mg

Selenium   

0 µg

Phosphorus

0 mg

Manganese

0 mg

Iron 

0.03 mg

Copper     

0 mg

Calcium    

0 mg

Phytosterols       

207 mg

Lutein-zeaxanthin       

0 µg

Crypto-xanthin-ß

0 µg

Carotene-ß

0 µg

Mangnesium      

0 mg



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