Peanut oil helps consumers keep “total fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and vegetable oils,” like peanut oil, according to the Peanut Institute website.

The site quotes the American Heart Association: “Most of the fats you eat should be the ‘better’ fats – monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.” Vegetable oils (canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil), avocados, nuts and seeds, and seafood are recommended sources of these fats.

The website also addresses peanut allergies. “Research shows that highly refined peanut oil, which has had all of the allergic proteins removed, does not cause an allergic response in severely allergic individuals. A controlled human study published in the British Medical Journal that tested refined peanut oil in 60 severely allergic individuals, found that “refined peanut oil did not pose a risk in any of the subjects” who were allergic to peanuts.

“Peanut butter that does not contain any added fat would be fine,” says Ryan Lepicier, vice president, marketing and communications, National Peanut Board

“Many peanut butter manufacturers do not use partially hydrogenated fat in their product,” Lepicier said. “However, some products still contain very small amounts of trans fats.  Any company that still uses partially hydrogenated fat in their formulation would have to switch to another fat to eliminate the trans fats,” he said.

A few facts about peanut oil from The Peanut Institute:

  • Peanut oil is one of the healthiest oils.
  • It is a vegetable oil that is naturally trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats.
  • Peanut oil is high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat, like olive oil.
  • It is also a source of the antioxidant, vitamin E and phytosterols, which benefit heart-health.
  • Peanut oil is also a perfect choice for healthier frying because it can be heated to a higher temperature than other oils, and this results in lower oil pick up in the food.