Health Benefits of Rice Bran Oil

Oils are most used and most feared commodity I can say…Some love to pour it, others frown at the look of it. In India, a revolutionary moment arrived when the foreign olive oil took over the kitchens and out went the other oils. But can Indian cooking really accommodate olive oil? Not really.

It is very important to stick to and eat as close to our genes. I always advise my clients to eat the oils they have always used in their cuisine. Example , coconut oil in south India is commonly used and I still recommend them to continue eating in limited quantities.

Now the latest entry in the oils aisle  is Rice bran. Rice bran oil is the oil that has been extracted from the germ and the bran of rice.

Health benefits of rice bran oil

  • It contains 47% monounsaturated fatty acids as close to peanut oil and hence is a heart healthy oil. It also contains 33% polyunsaturated fats and 20% saturated fats.
  • It helps to lower LDL or bad cholesterol and does not lower the good cholesterol as sunflower oils do and is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • It is rich in Vitamin E, hence provides protection from cancer causing radicals.
  • The oryzanol and tocopherols present provide antioxidants.
  • It can also strengthen the immunity.

Characteristics of  the Oil

  • It is said to have high smoking point and can be used for deep frying although I do not recommend. It does not give any off flavour while frying or even stir frying
  • It has a flavour ideal for Indian cooking. So you can include this oil in your day to day cooking.
  • It is viscous in nature and hence will be absorbed lesser by the foods and the food cooked in it will not be dripping in oil or soggy.
  • It can be used for baking as it gives good texture.
  • Great for salad dressing too.
  • It has good shelf life and not expensive as olive oil.

This oil is also finding its way into our cosmetics too. Hence Switch over to this oil for its healthy benefits.

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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20 Responses to Health Benefits of Rice Bran Oil

  1. Aneil Kumar February 18, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Hi Sanjana,

    How ’bout virgin coconut oil?

    Aneil Kumar,
    Fiji Islands. (in the Pacific)

  2. Mamta February 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    does rice bran oil helps in joint pain also if the lubricant of knees are at its end stage.
    please reply me it really worth for joints.



  3. Lakshmi August 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Rice bran oil is the best oil for all ages and heart patients,it is best oil for controlling chlorestrol,BP and sugar.this is the only the best oil for deep frying .

  4. Varun Rattan September 24, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Dear Ms. Sanjana (Dietitian),

    As an update I would like bring to your kind notice that RBO has an almost balanced fat composition of three types fats i.e. SFA, PUFA, MUFA and closest to recommendations made by NIN-WHO and AHA. Hence, there is no need to change the oil. Further to this, being rich in Oryzanol, prolonged use may help in lowering bad cholesterol.

  5. T.Allen jeevagan October 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Hai sanjana

    nice to read you coments on rice bran oil.we are the biggest manufacturers of rice bran oil in tamil nadu and has the plant capacity to produce 100mts of oil every day.we have been promoting this p roduct in tamil nadu for the past 5years.more over we do physical refining in rice bran oil and we see to that our brand porna rice bran oil has 1.6% of oryzanol.we have been trying to make people awere of the benafits,an oil with such amazing health benafits at a cheep or i can say at a low price still people stick on to sunflower oil though the % of PUFA is very high and with out knowing the adverse effect.

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