Rice Bran Oils
Cooking up a Healthy Platter
As ‘healthy’ edible oil, rice bran oil fits in well enough with our ‘healthy lifestyle choices’. It has vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients—the works, if you may. It is trans-fat-free too. It is also delicate and flavourful. While all these aspects may hold good, are all brands of rice bran oils made equal – in other words, are they all as good as another and do they meet the basic requirements? What do we know about their ‘fatty acid profile’? And are they free of pesticides, heavy metals and toxins—the scourge of our times? This report is a first-hand study of 11 brands available with various retailers in India and the good news is that in the overall score a mere four points separate the brands at the top and the bottom.
All the 11 brands were purchased from retailers in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. These were in polypacks of one litre capacity. Most mentioned the nutritional values of the oil on the packaging. Based on the evaluation of test results and overall grading, it can be concluded that all the Rice bran oil (also known as rice bran extract) is the oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. It is notable for its high smoke point. Its mild flavour makes it suitable for hightemperature cooking methods such as stir frying and deep frying.