Oil is one of the elements that can affect the cholesterol level. Why? That’s because not all oil is healthy. In fact, type of oils that majority people use every day in cooking such as coconut oil is full of saturated fat, the biggest donator to raise the cholesterol level. If coconut oil is no good, is there any other healthier oil as an alternative? The answer is yes! People nowadays try to use vegetable oil as an alternative. There are many types of vegetable oil but peanut oil is the most common vegetable oil that people used in Asia beside olive oil and corn oil. The USDA reports that a tablespoon of peanut oil contains about 10.5g of unsaturated fat or mono-saturated fat and only 2,3g saturated fat.
Why does peanut oil help reduce cholesterol?
All vegetables and veggie-based product including peanut oil contain chemicals called phytosterols. What is the function of this phytosterols? It will help to block the intestines from absorbing cholesterol. As a result, the LDL (bad cholesterol) in the blood is reduced and that’s also reducing the risk for heart disease. A recent study showed that people who consumed a meal with phytosterols had 12% less LDL (bad cholesterol) in their blood. Therefore; if you have moderately high cholesterol or you want to control your cholesterol level stay balance, besides dietary control which is not expensive, try also using peanut oil in your cooking.
Benefits of using peanut oil
If the LDL bad cholesterol) in our body is reduced and replace by HDL (good cholesterol), not only that we can prevent serious sickness like cancer and tumor but also various heart disease. People suffer those diseases because the amount of saturated fat in their blood vessels is relatively high. Eating many vegetables or its product can be good the cure for that. Since peanut oil is from peanut-a plant it also has many benefits to making the body healthier and reduces our LDL in the blood vessels. Therefore; it can act as prevention against those diseases. Listed below are several benefits of peanut oil:
It invigorates the entire body. So people who consume peanut oil will feel more energized and healthy than those who don’t. Not only that, it can also good for your skin, brain and blood vessels healthy. Some also use it as a powerful booster for the immune system.
Reduce cholesterol level
Peanut oil just like a peanut is free from cholesterol and because it’s high with a chemical called phytosterols, which lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) but increase the HDL (good cholesterol), it can significantly reduce your cholesterol level by 10-15%. That’s a lot, right! For those who try to reduce their cholesterol level or change to healthier lifestyle, should try using this oil instead of the coconut oil.
Good for keeping the heart healthy
Research studies have shown that meal which is enriched with mono-saturated fatty acids help to lower the chance to get atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) therefore; reducing the risk of stroke and cardiac arrest. Not only that, it also contains mono-saturated fat which responsible for raising the (HDL) good cholesterol in the blood vessels.
Peanut oil also contains high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, including resveratrol. That chemical compound helps to eliminate free radicals which are responsible for many kinds of disease in the body, including cancer. Better a teaspoon of peanut oil and have a good diet rather than a long expensive and excruciating treatment of cancer, am I wrong?
You can make yourself and your family healthier by changing the oil that you use for everyday cooking with healthier oil which is vegetable oil. In Asia though, people commonly use peanut oil in their everyday life rather than using other vegetable oil like olive oil or corn oil. Why? It’s easy to find and the price is also affordable. Numerous studies have also shown that people in Asia live longer than those in the west and the reason why is because they (the Asian) consume many vegetables and its product including peanut oil in their life. Still, doesn’t like eating vegetables after knowing this fact?
Is it good then to consume peanut oil in a large amount?
Although the fatty acids in peanut oil are generally beneficial, it’s a big No No to consume it in large amount. The reason is because the fatty acids are still technically fats, and therefore are high in calories. It will only work and healthy in a moderate amount, not a large amount. If you go overboard when cooking with peanut oil, be ready to gain some weight! Besides that, people that have peanut allergy are forbidden to consume peanut oil at all cost for consuming it will cause them to suffer anaphylaxis shock, a side effect from an allergy that might be dangerous, deadly and fatal.
Just like every drug component can be either poison or potion depends on their dosage, peanut oil is the same. It’s okay to consume it daily but will only healthy if it’s in the right amount. As healthy as it is, make sure you don’t have any peanut allergy before consuming it or rather making yourself healthy, you will make yourself severely sick because of the anaphylaxis shock side effect and worst scenario, it could lead to death. So be careful, be healthy and enjoy your meal responsibly!