Besides adding life to the most common foods, good cooking oil plays a pivotal role in your health. That's what makes it all the more important to pick the right one. In the last few years, ghee (clarified butter) and refined oil have earned a bad reputation due to the cholesterol and heart disease scare. For such health reasons, people have become more open to experiment with new types of oil. One such variety that has slowly been creeping up on health charts is rice bran oil. Rice bran oil is a relatively new entrant in the category of cooking oils and perhaps the healthiest. So before you hop onto the bandwagon, it is very important to know your oil. The outer layer of the rice grain is called bran and the oil is extracted from this brown husk. It has a mild flavour and neutral taste. The taste does not clash with 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 is light and quite versatile. 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. The oil has many other amazing benefits as well.
Prevents Cancer: Rice bran oil is a rich source of antioxidants, both in various forms of vitamin E, as well as compounds such as oryzanol. There is a lot of vitamin E in this oil, including both tocopherol and tocotrienol, which most vegetable oils cannot claim. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant, which means that free radicals in the body are neutralized. Free radicals are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. Therefore, keeping a steady flow of antioxidants coming into the body is essential for reducing your chances of developing various types of cancer.Controls Cholesterol: Researchers have stated that rice bran oil has the best possible composition of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats compared to all other vegetable oils. This balance of fatty acids means that the cholesterol levels in your body can actually be reduced because the beneficial forms of cholesterol actually inhibit the bad forms of cholesterol from bonding in the body. This can help reduce conditions like atherosclerosis and the subsequent afflictions like heart attacks and strokes.
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.
Aids In Weight Loss: It contains high levels of natural antioxidants which boost your metabolic rate and may help with weight loss. 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.
Delays Aging: Vitamin E is known for more than helping to prevent cancer. Vitamin E (tocopherol) is directly connected to the health and wellness of the skin. Free radicals can attack the skin cells and increase the signs of premature aging. Rice bran oil can speed up wound healing, increase cellular regeneration, smooth skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide protection from sunburn. It also helps to boost the protective quality of skin cells, keeping foreign toxins and pathogens from entering through the skin.
Caution: Rice bran oil is high in fiber, which can improve digestion unless you have an existing gastrointestinal condition. The fiber can block up the gastrointestinal tract further if you are already suffering from ulcers or any other condition that narrows your digestive tract for any reason. Furthermore, be careful about the amount of rice bran oil you consume, as it is high in calories. Use rice bran oil for cooking when you need it and in moderate quantity.