There are quite a few healthy oils out there that are beneficial to any healthy diet or eating regimen. The health benefits of rice bran oil are well documented and long established in Asia but only now is the West starting to catch up.
I first heard about health benefits of rice bran oil on a well-known medical show and I was fascinated. I had never heard of it but heard that it was well known in Asia for years. Turns out this oil comes from the inner husk of rice and is 75% unsaturated fat. But that’s not all:
Great source of ALA & Linoleic acid
In this case, ALA stands for alpha-linoleic acid which is an omega-3 fatty acid that’s great for heart health by slowing atherosclerotic plaque build up. If you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet you know that it is loaded with nuts, seeds and olive oil, all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Linoleic acid is an essential omega-6 fatty acid that helps wounds heal at a normal rate and helps to keep skin properly moisturized. Both of these essential nutrients contribute to well-known health benefits of rice bran oil.
High Smoke Point
This is the point where the oil begins to burn; it begins to lose its flavor and nutritional value and is becomes a source of free radicals. Rice Bran oil has a smoke point between 400°-500°F. A study found that in a test that simulated the conditions of deep frying, rice bran oil, which was heated to more than 200°C for a prolonged period, still had stable antioxidant activity. In fact rice bran oil was either on par or better than other healthy high smoke point oils like safflower, cottonseed, and canola oil.
Health benefits of the antioxidant γ-oryzanol
γ(gamma)-oryzanol is an extremely impressive antioxidant that’s well documented and reduces the process of lipid degradation. Lipid degradation happens when fat degrades into free radicals. This is why rice bran oil’s properties are recorded as stable and unchanged even as a deep frying oil over prolonged period.
Additional health benefits of rice bran oil include:
- Reducing triglycerides and LDL(bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL(good) cholesterol
- γ-oryzanol was shown to be effective in relieving hot flashes and other menopause symptoms
- Rice bran oil can help lower blood pressure
- It can also modulate pituitary secretions. The pituitary gland is responsible for many processes including pain relief, temperature control, and even the conversion of food to energy (metabolism)
- Helps with digestion by inhibiting gastric acid secretion
…and the list continues. So why aren’t more people talking about the health benefits of rice bran oil or even about using rice bran oil? Well, because marketing works wonders and a lot of the research comes out of Japan, a culture that has less incidents of obesity, heart disease and issues with menopause in women.
It is great to use in whichever foods you would normally use oils i.e. salad dressings, sauteing, cakes, etc.The health benefits of rice bran oil are one of the worst kept health secrets that’s finally getting the attention it deserves.
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