Saturday, January 01, 2011

Heloi Rice Bran Oil

I've read recently about the health benefits of rice bran oil, and decided to buy some when I saw some for sale. Rice bran oil, pressed and extracted from the bran of the rice kernel (from Japan, India, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia), has a long shelf life and, perhaps more importantly, a high smoke point - almost as high as avocado oil and higher than peanut and canola oil, making it highly suitable for frying. It emulsifies well (making it suitable for dressings and mayonnaises) and has a subtle nutty flavour, so it won't overpower other flavours when added to baked goods, sauces and marinades. It is also good for the body, it lowers the bad LDL cholesterol while simultaneously raising good HDL cholesterol; it is a monounsaturated fat; and it has various antioxidants, including gamma oryzanole. I know that rice bran oil can be taken in gel capsule form, as a health benefit.

This particular rice bran oil from Heloi Foods is from India. I have used it several times, and it seems to work well in stir-frying. This 1 litre bottle, while it was on sale, was only $8, much more expensive than the more widely used vegetable oils.

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