Peanut oil, also called by the name of arachis oil, is an edible
vegetable oil extracted from peanuts. A widely used cooking oil in South
Asian and Southeast countries, it is also popular in the western world.
This all-purpose oil is known for its distinctive aroma, mild flavour
and taste of its parent legume. Its high heat tolerance and high smoke
point 450 degrees F (232.22 C), make it suitable for deep-frying and
sauteing. Peanut oil is also a healthy oil for everyday use because it
is high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
Peanut Oil Composition
Peanut oil is about 50 percent monounsaturated and 30 percent polyunsaturated. Its major constituents are:
Other Fatty Acids
Peanut oil is one of the widely used vegetable oils of the world. A
pretty common cooking oil in Asian countries, this oil is also used in
western countries. It also has numerous applications in Asian cooking.
In west, it is widely used for frying foods, particularly french fries,
turkey and chicken. This edible oil is often used in salad dressings,
marinades, and baked goods.
It is the most widely used cooking oil in the South Indian state of
Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the healthiest cooking oils for day to day
needs and a tablespoon (approximately 15 grams) of peanut oil has just
under 120 calories. In China, the peanut oil used is less refined,
retaining a little bit more of the protein of the peanut and producing a
stronger peanut flavor.
Other Specifications of Peanut Oil
Botanical Name: Arachis hypogeae
Aroma: Light, nutty
Properties: Thick in texture, clear in color, oily feel
Health Benefits: Arthritis, Acne, Blackheads.
Peanut organic oil is of great use for medicinal purposes. When used as
carrier oil in combination with fresh lime juice, it works wonders in
protecting the skin from ugly acne marks and black heads. The presence
of monounsaturated fatty acids is beneficial in lowering down the
cholesterol level. Peanut oil massage is extremely beneficial for people
suffering from Arthritis.