Among cooking oils, peanut oil has the highest monounsaturated fat content (49%). It also has a relatively high percentage of polyunsaturated fat (33%). It’s percentage of saturated fat is higher than that of other vegetable oils, but not to the point that it has an effect on heart health.
A flavorful oil with a pale color and nutty aroma, peanut oil can withstand high temperatures, and is a good choice for cooking Asian-inspired meals and stir-fries.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.