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2 reasons why it is unhealthy to cook with groundnut oil regularly

You may be hearing this for the first time or maybe not: it has been scientifically proven that it is unhealthy to cook with groundnut oil regularly. You can cook with it from time to time, but it should not be your regular cooking oil.

Now, I know that here in Nigeria we call every cooking oil, groundnut oil but it is not so. There are different types of cooking oil in the market ranging from soya oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, sesame seed oil, coconut oil to olive oil.

I believe you know those oils packed in clear water bottles with blue cover and those in white 20 litres can with red cover, that are always solid until you heat it up on fire or keep it in the sun to melt; that is groundnut oil.

We will be discussing why it is not healthy to cook with it regularly.

1. They are quite high in Omega-6 fatty acids which is not so good for you. Yes, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are very good for your body, but too much of Omega-6 fatty acids in your body has been scientifically proven to cause chronic inflammation in the body, and groundnut oil contains lots of it.

This inflammation has also been proven to be a risk factor in the development of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and arthritis.

Olive oil (extra virgin olive oil) and coconut oil are better replacement for groundnut oil as they contain more of Omega-3 fatty acids which are better than Omega-6 fatty acids.

2. They are quite high in trans fat. Trans fat is very bad fat, it is as bad as saturated fat which are both bad for your body.

A typical characteristic of groundnut oil is that it is always 'sleeping' or solid until you melt it. This is because of the hydrogen used in the process of extracting it (hydrogenation). This process of hydrogenation causes the oil to harden (same process with margarine) and causes trans fat to build up in the oil.

So, cooking with it regularly means that you are eating trans fat (bad fat) into your body, and there are always consequences for everything we eat as trans fat is associated with chronic health conditions like obesity, cancer, diabetes etc.

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