Although rice bran oil is a common cooking fat in Asian countries, it's not particularly popular in the United States. Extracted from rice germ, this oil is healthier than comparable cooking fats and easier to use, too!
With a higher smoke point than olive, canola, and peanut oil, rice bran oil gets hotter and cooks food more efficiently-in stir-fries, an ability to sustain high temperatures is critical. Also, its high monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat content make it a healthy choice. These unsaturated fats help lower "bad" cholesterol and can even facilitate weight loss. More importantly, rice bran oil is less viscous than more common options, meaning that fried or sauteed foods actually absorb less fat. Rice bran oil has tons of vitamin E as well, an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer.
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