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Top Reasons to Cook with Rice Bran Oil

Updated on March 18, 2012

There it sits, loyally, in the corner of my kitchen: my Alfa One Rice Bran Oil from a New Zealand based company, Hansells Food Group. I've been using rice bran Oil for over 2 years now and happily recommend every other 'home chefs' to switch to using this particular oil.

What is rice bran oil

This Wikipedia stub has a comprehensive description of what rice bran oil is. To summarize:

  • The oil is extracted from the rice germ and its inner husk
  • It has similar composition to peanut oil: high in mono- and poly-unsaturated, low in saturated fats - the poly fat contains essential fatty acids
  • It contains the antioxidant oryzanol (known to provide relief from hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms) and Vitamin E
  • It has a high smoke point (and the antioxidant remains stable even when heated at its highest point (250C/485F) for up to 2 hrs)

My top reasons why I cook with rice bran oil

I was, prior to discovering rice bran oil, using olive oil, selected for its health benefits compared to other available oil such as vegetable oil. Although I remain convinced that olive oil is healthy, rice bran oil wins my favoritism. Here are my reasons:

  • Taste. Rice bran oil is simply taste-less, so food cooked or made with it has no after-taste like vegetable or olive oil.
  • Smoke-less kitchen. Pan-frying with rice bran oil is most satisfactorily because the food isn't easily burnt.
  • Feel good oil. As it is low in cholesterol and high in antioxidant, I feel less guilty if I do make more deep-fried food in a week. Not only that, as it is light in viscosity - rice bran oil is more runny - less oil is absorbed in cooking, so less calorie there!

Price-wise, rice bran oil is slightly more expensive from canola or vegetable oil. But when it comes to the benefits it offers and the lack of after-taste, the price isn't an issue at all.

The Verdict

I highly recommend rice bran oil, even for those who are not after healthy cooking alternative. This is the one cooking oil (so far) that ensure great tasting food!


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    • Anne Burlinson profile image

      Anne Burlinson 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for your vote! Enjoy your cooking :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never heard of this oil, but now that you've brought it up, I'll give it a try. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Anne Burlinson 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks :) Hope you like it, too!

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      Anne Burlinson 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you :)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Good one. I have to try this oil.

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      AmysAgriculture 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, this sounds great! I have never heard of rice bran oil before, and is definitely something I am willing to try. :)