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Is peanut oil good for you?

Does peanut oil have sufficient health benefits to make it practical for every day use?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

peanuts in the shell and a glass bottle of peanut oil

Peanut oil can be a good choice for cooking. It has a good balance of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids and studies have shown that it lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and raises HDL (good) cholesterol. It has a higher smoke point and is good for cooking.

The flavor of peanut oil can be harsh for some purposes, such as baking, but is otherwise a good choice.

Thanks for writing.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet