Peanut plant is a low growing, annual plant belonging to the family of Fabaceae (Leguminosae) of the genus: Arachis, and botanically named as Arachis hypogaea. Some of the common names are groundnut, earthnut, goober, pinder, and ground pea. In addition to press for oil, peanut kernels are eaten fresh or roasted and are used in cooking and confectionery as well.
Peanut oil nutrition facts
Peanut oil is high in energy; 100 g oil provides 884 calories.
It is one of the cooking oils with a high smoke point; 450 °F. The property can be employed in setting oil temperatures while deep-frying food items.
Peanut oil has very good lipid profile. It has saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (SFA: MUFA: PUFA= 18: 49: 33) fats in healthy proportions.
It is one of the stable cooking oils; having a long shelf life.