Peanut oil, also known as groundnut oil or arachis oil, is a mild tasting vegetable oil derived from peanuts. The oil is available in refined, unrefined, cold pressed, and roasted varieties, the latter with a strong peanut flavor and aroma, analogous to toasted sesame oil.
It is often used in Chinese, South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine, both for general cooking, and in the case of roasted oil, for added flavor. Peanut oil has a high smoke point relative to many other cooking oils, so is commonly used for frying foods. Its major component fatty acids are oleic acid (46.8% as olein), linoleic acid (33.4% as linolein), and palmitic acid (10.0% as palmitin). The oil also contains some stearic acid, arachidic acid, arachidonic acid, behenic acid, lignoceric acid and other fatty acids.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||3,699 kJ (884 kcal)|
|- saturated||17 g|
|- monounsaturated||46 g|
|- polyunsaturated||32 g|
|Zinc||0.01 mg (0%)|
|Fat percentage can vary.
Percentages are relative to
US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
|Total fat||Saturated fat||Monounsaturated fat||Polyunsaturated fat||Smoke point|
|Sunflower oil||100g||11g||20g (84g in high oleic variety)||69g (4g in high oleic variety)||225 °C (437 °F)|
|Soybean oil||100g||16g||23g||58g||257 °C (495 °F)|
|Canola oil||100g||7g||63g||28g||205 °C (401 °F)|
|Olive oil||100g||14g||73g||11g||190 °C (374 °F)|
|Corn oil||100g||15g||30g||55g||230 °C (446 °F)|
|Peanut oil||100g||17g||46g||32g||225 °C (437 °F)|
|Rice bran oil||100g||25g||38g||37g||213 °C (415 °F)|
|Vegetable shortening (hydrogenated)||71g||23g (34%)||8g (11%)||37g (52%)||165 °C (329 °F)|
|Lard||100g||39g||45g||11g||190 °C (374 °F)|
|Suet||94g||52g (55%)||32g (34%)||3g (3%)||200°C (400°F)|
|Butter||81g||51g (63%)||21g (26%)||3g (4%)||150 °C (302 °F)|
Allergens and toxins
Most highly refined peanut oils remove the peanut allergens and have been shown to be safe for "the vast majority of peanut-allergic individuals". Cold-pressed peanut oils may not remove the allergens and thus could be highly dangerous to people with peanut allergy. Since the degree of processing for any particular product is often unclear, "avoidance is prudent." Peanuts that contain the mold that produces highly toxic aflatoxin can end up contaminating the oil derived from them.
Peanut oil, as with other vegetable oils, can be used to make soap by the process of saponification. The oil is safe for use as a massage oil. Noted peanut researcher George Washington Carver marketed a peanut massage oil.
At the 1900 Paris Exhibition, the Otto Company, at the request of the French government, demonstrated that peanut oil could be used as a source of fuel for the diesel engine; this was one of the earliest demonstrations of biodiesel technology.
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