10 Health Benefits of Rice Bran Oil
Has a Neutral Taste -The outer layer of the rice grain is called bran and the oil is extracted from this brown husk. It has a mild flavor and is neutral in taste. The taste does not clash with Indian food and you can even use it in cookies and cakes. It may lend a mild nutty flavor. It can be used for sautéing, grilling, marinades and is great in salad dressings. It's light and quite versatile.
Contains Good Fats -The National Institute of Nutrition and The Indian Council of Medical Research recommend oils that have an equal proportion of saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Rice bran oil has an almost balanced fatty acid composition that is close to this ratio. Rice bran oil is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and free of trans-fats.
Heart Friendly - It is known as the heart-friendly oil. "Rice bran might help lower cholesterol because it contains the right amount of oryzanol which is an antioxidant. It helps decrease cholesterol absorption and increase cholesterol elimination," says Gargi Sharma, Nutritionist & Weight-Management Expert. Indians are genetically prone to heart disease and therefore one should to take precautions to have a healthy heart.
Lowers Cholesterol - The American Heart Association and The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend rice bran oil as the best choice for improving serum cholesterol levels.
Has a High Smoke Point - Rice bran oil has a high smoke-point, which is pitched at 254C or 490F, which makes it perfect for stir frying or deep frying. It can maintain its nutritive quality even at high temperatures. Also, it has been seen that food cooked at high temperatures absorbs less oil.
Less Oily - Rice bran oil is less viscous which means that it does not stick to food. It absorbs less oil which is why you also need to be careful of the quantity you use. In fact, it tends to feel less oily on the tongue.
Rich in Vitamin E - "It is rich in Vitamin E which is powerful antioxidant and has antimutagenic properties which prevent from cancer. Vitamin E also helps in boosting your immunity," says Gargi
Aids Weight Loss - "It contains high levels of natural antioxidants which boost your metabolic rate and may help with weight loss," adds Gargi. The high level of antioxidants not only makes this oil healthy but also makes it resist rancidity and spoilage. It has a long shelf life.
Good for the Skin - Rice Bran Oil for Skin, the Deeply Hydrating, Anti-Aging Ingredient. Also known as rice bran extract, rice bran oil is simply the oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. It's similar to peanut oil, with high percentages of fatty acids—which, by the way, makes it a perfect skin moisturizer!
Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties - It is an anti-inflammatory and some studies have shown that its consumption can reduce the effects of menopause like hot flashes. Dietary gamma oryzanol plays a significant role in the anti-inflammatory activity of rice bran oil by decreasing pro-inflammatory mediators secreted by peritoneal macrophages of rats.