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Rice Bran Oil

An Introduction to Rice Bran Oil
Regarded as one of the healthiest cooking oils, rice bran oil is obtained from the germ and inner husk of whole brown rice. This mild and butty flavoured oil is quite popular cooking oil in several Asian countries, including Japan and China. Its high smoke point of 490°F (254°C) makes is suitable for high-temperature cooking methods such as stir frying and deep frying. It comprises of many fats, with 47% of its fats monounsaturated, 33% polyunsaturated, and 20% saturated.

Though many properties of rice bran oil is similar to other common vegetable oils, yet it contains several unique properties which makes it the best among all cooking oils.
 

Fatty Acid Composition of Rice Bran Oil

  • Palmitic: 15.0%
  • Stearic: 1.9%
  • Oleic: 42.5%
  • Linoleic: 39.1%
  • Linolenic: 1.1%
  • Arachidic: 0.5%
  • Behenic: 0.2%
 
Advantages of Rice Bran Oil
The crude rice bran oil contains 81.3-84.3% triglycerides, 2-3% diglycerides, 5-6% monoglycerides, 2-3% free fatty acids, 0.3% waxes, 0.8% glycolipids, 1.6% phospholipids, 4% unsaponifiables. This nutritionally balanced and versatile oil has many advantages over the other cooking oils such as:

  • High smoke point
  • Longer shelf life
  • Low viscosity
  • Virtually free of trans fats
  • Rich in Vitamin E complex and other anti-oxidants than other cooking oils
  • Rich in tocotrienols
  • Contains high concentration of gamma oryzanol, a powerful antioxidant and cholesterol-lowering agent.
 

Uses in Cooking
Rice Bran Oil or Rice Germ Oil, the world's healthiest oil is considered as a nutraceutical (food as medicine) and perfectly suits all cooking needs. This extremely delicious, versatile and light oil is suitable for all needs, right from frying and baking to the dipping and deep frying.

You can use rice bran oil in:

  • Frying: When fried, rice bran oil exhibits excellent frying performance and contributes a pleasant flavor to the fried food
  • Stir-Frying: It shows good results when used in stir-frying. Its distinctive nutty like flavour complements the natural flavour of stir-fried meats, sea foods and vegetables
  • Snacks: When processed to retain high levels of tocols, it may be used as a natural antioxidant source for topically coating a wide range of products such as crackers, nuts, etc.
  • Margarine: Its pleasant flavour makes it a good choice for use in margarine.
 

Medicinal Properties
A rich source of the Vitamin A, γ-oryzanol and phytosterols, it contains many medicinal properties. It prevents heart attack and helps in lowering the cholesterol absorptions.

Rice bran oil contains high concentrations of many antioxidants such as Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, Gamma Oryzanol, Phytosterols, Polyphenols, Squalene, etc. which are helpful in:

  • Muscle Development
  • Improving Cardiovascular Health
  • Increasing Physical Performance / Stamina, etc.
 
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