A few days ago, we bought our first bottle of Rice Bran Oil. I’ve read a number of preliminary studies on the (potential) health benefits rice bran oil, all due to antioxidant properties conferred by its high tocotrienol (vitamin E) content. Among the potential health benefits are mostly in promoting cardiovascular health (reduce plasma cholesterol, reduce cholesterol absorption and decrease early atherosclerosis, inhibit platelet aggregation) but a recent study also shows that tocotrienols may also hold promise in combating cancer.
I’ve found rice bran oil to be mildly flavored and quite a pleasant alternative to canola and olive oil. I’m not saying it’s healthier, but it’s nice to have a little variety, eh?