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.