Groundnut oil is quite popular. It is a type of vegetable oil extracted from groundnut or peanut seeds.
Doctors say our groundnut oil consumption should be at the barest minimum. Why?
Let’s start with the amount of body fat that is relevant. The human body fat content is about 97% saturated and 3% polyunsaturated. Saturated fat is found in cheese, ice cream, meat and generally considered unhealthy for the body. Polyunsaturated fat on the other hand is found in fatty fish, seeds, corn oil etc. and is considered necessary for overall good health.
The human body needs fat for manufacturing hormones and rebuilding damage cells. But when we give it very high level of polyunsaturated fats (groundnut oil), instead of in little doses or the ratio required – it piles up unnecessary fat into our cells during cell formation.
Polyunsaturated fat is not stable and easily corrodes in the body; this oxidization can cause mutation and inflammation in cells. All of this can lead to clogging of the arteries and even skin cancer [when the fat is incorporated into the skin cells].
Groundnut oil is also mostly produced chemically, so it inherently contains chemicals that may be unsafe for the body. These oils and their products are usually laced with artificial antioxidants that are supposed to stop the food from spoiling quickly. These antioxidants such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole are dangerous for the body.
They have been shown to create possible compounds that cause cancer and have been linked by researchers to immune problems, high cholesterol and kidney damage.
Additionally, groundnut oil has a damaging effect on bodies of unborn babies and the reproductive system in general. Our reproductive system is always producing and dividing new cells; there is therefore the possibility for problems when these cells are filled with the wrong kind of fat.
High consumption of groundnut oil and other forms of vegetable oil create a risk of vitamin E deficiency. This is because groundnut oil combines with oxygen easily, reducing the body of antioxidants since they must be used up in an attempt to neutralize the oxidation [oxygen combination].
Are there other options? Yes. Palm oil, coconut oil and olive oil are healthier.