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Rice Bran Oil - The Oil That is Good For You

Updated on June 12, 2017

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Rice bran oil is oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. It is the oil that is good for you ! The reason for this is that rice bran oil contains antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins that can help lower cholesterol, fight diseases and enhance the immune system. It's also completely trans fat free.

Rice Bran Oil can replace any oil, for cooking. It is especially great for stir frying vegetables and for making salad dressings. The taste is light and delicious, I think you will be surprised at how good it is, considering how good it is for you. The low calorie count alone is enough to have you give rice bran oil a try, without considering all the other great benefits it offers.

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How Does Rice Bran Oil Compare to Other Types of Oil? - In Calories

  • Rice Bran Oil 40 calories

  • Vegetable Oil 124 calories

  • Peanut Oil 120 calories

  • Corn Oil 120 calories

  • Safflower Oil 120 calories

  • Virgin Olive Oil 84 calories

What is Rice Bran Oil Used For ? - Endless Possibilities

  1. Frying ~ Rice bran oil is light and has a wonderful texture for frying. It adds a delicate flavor to foods fried in it. This oil requires no hydrogenation for storage stability, which keeps it free of trans-fatty acids. Most Asian style restaurants have switched over to use rice bran oil for tempura frying because of its high level performance in this area. It also works exceptionally well for deep frying and stir frying. Rice bran oil is the only oil you need for frying of any kind.

  2. Stir-Frying ~ Rice bran oil is a natural for stir frying as it almost never smokes at high temperatures. Its delicate flavor is perfect for stir-frying chicken, shrimp and vegetables and will add a lovely, but not overpowering taste to any dish.

  3. Salad Dressing ~ Rice bran oil is especially perfect for making salad dressings. It mixes easily and stays mixed, so dressings do not separate, and it's extremely light flavor is not noticeable when mixed with spices and other ingredients.

  4. Baking ~ Rice bran oil can be used for coating pans, so baked goods won't stick, as well as used in baked goods. The light texture makes cakes and cookies baked with this oil to come out airy and light, with a delicious taste.

  5. Soap Manufacturing ~ Rice bran oil has been used in soaps, lotions and creams for centuries in Japan. It has now gained a strong following in the United States in the beauty industry because of the oil's high concentration of Vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol. (a naturally occurring mixture of ferulic acid esters and plant sterols found in rice or corn) It is thought to reverse aging effects and slow the formation of wrinkles and loosening skin.

Health Benefits - of Using Rice Bran Oil

  1. As stated above, rice bran oil has high levels of gamma-oryzanol, a group of ferulic esters of sterols and triterpene alcohols with very high antioxidant properties.

  2. Rice bran oil is one of the few readily available oils that contains significant levels of tocotrienols. This powerful antioxidant is a member of the vitamin e family and can help prevent some cancers and some forms of heart disease.

  3. Rice bran oil is one of a very few healthy and lower calorie oils that you can cook with, bake with, and even make dipping oils and salad dressings with. This light, delicious oil is a hit for cooking.

  4. Rice Bran Oil for grilling, is perfect. It rarely smokes, even at high grill temperatures. Smoke can give your food a bad taste, so it is important that any oil you use for grilling has a high smoke point. Rice brain oil's is 490 degrees F, one of the highest of any cooking oil.

  5. Rice Bran Oil is naturally low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol and no transfat.

  6. Rice Bran Oil has high levels of linoleic and oleic fatty acids, both of which are necessary for good health.

Tophe Garlic Rice Bran Grilling Oil - Flavored with Garlic

Honeyed Orange Salad Dressing

This is a delicious recipe for salad dressing that I make with Rice Bran Oil. It is so zesty, you should try it, it is so easy to make!


2 tbs. grated orange rind
2 tbs. minced onion
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons organic honey
pinch or salt and pepper
2/3 cup rice bran oil


Place all ingredients in a covered jar and shake vigorously and then chill for at least two hours

This dressing is especially good in a salad that includes fruit like strawberries or honey dew melon. It is also goes really good on a salad with nuts and raisins.

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Rice Bran Oil Is Also Used in the Diets of Horses and Dogs

and Even Zoo Animals

Rice bran oil is also used by horse owners and dog owners who add it to the diets of performance or older animals that need to keep their weight up in a healthy manner. It also helps to keep animal coats beautiful and shiny, it has even been given to zoo animals to help keep their fur looking more healthy and shiny.

They simply add rice bran oil to their food and stir. The animals just eat it right up !

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Peppered Mustard Dressing

I call this a dressing, but it is really much more. I have used this as a sauce on hot dogs, brushed on vegetables or meat that I am grilling. It has such fabulous flavor it goes with everything!

1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated green onions
3/4 cup rice bran oil


This dressing is best made in a mixer or blender. Combine all ingredients except oil. Dribble in oil slowly and beat until thickened. This dressing be served cold or warm. It also makes a great marinade for pork or chicken.

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    martha061 2 years ago

    I've never heard of this oil but I love stir fry and since this sounds healthy, I"ll give it a try.

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    Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

    I had not heard of Ricebran Oil before. I saw your post on Share Your Website on FB. Glad I took a look to see what you were talking about.

    Thank you!

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    treasuresabound 4 years ago

    I use rice bran oil both for cooking and making creams and lotions. It is light and actually good.

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    anitabreeze 4 years ago

    Wow, I had never heard of this before! I'm for sure going to check this out.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Its a new one on me! Sounds very healthy :)

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    AnimalHouse 5 years ago

    I haven't tried it yet but it sounds good and healthy.