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Nutritive Value Of Indian Foods – Rice Bran Oil (RBO)

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THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF EDIBLE OILS: RICE BRAN OIL (RBO)- ALSO TERMED AS HEART OIL, AS IT HAS MUFA- PUFA RATIO CLOSE TO AHA RECOMMENDATION & REDUCE CHOLESTEROL IN BLOOD AND IT IS GOOD FOR HEALTH

Rice bran oil is extracted from Rice bran which is very healthy. In olden days our forefathers used to have brown rice which had great nutrition value but in modern times we prefer polished rice. In fact various studies have shown that stabilized Rice Bran provides a rich source of overall nutrition and nutraceuticals and also has a very promising role to play in not only cardiac care but also diabetes and other ailments . RICE BRAN OIL HAS A MUFA –PUFA RATIO CLOSE TO AHA RECOMMENDATION.

Rice Bran oil has some unique ingredients like Oryzanol, Tocotrienols and Squalene in addition to Tocopherol. Because of these ingredients and their functions it has been called the Heart Oil in Japan. In fact doctors in India are calling it the Indian answer to olive oil. Even olive oil does not have such a rich array of micro nutrients. What do these nutrients do ? Researches claim that :

Oryzanol -Reduces Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Also supposed to have –Anti Carcinogenic property
Anti itching effect
Anti dandruff effect

Tocotrienols & Tocopherol– Act as antioxidants and improves shelf life of the product. Also acts as antioxidants in vitro, thereby protecting against free radicals, which are known to be carcinogenic

Prevent the LDL oxidation in vitro and retard progression of atherosclerosis. Tocotrienols have been shown to reduce the levels of plasma cholesterol Squalene Maintains the tone of the skin .

This is why word over, it is known as health Oil and sells for more than Rs. 600 Per litre in many countries. In Indian we are lucky that it is available at such reasonable prices.

Dr. G.S. Kalra, Sr. Invasive Cardiologist, Fortis Health Institute, Mohali, in his paper titled ‘ CHOLESTEROL LOWERING EFFECT OF RICE BRAN OIL, states“Onemustrealize that 1% decrease in total cholesterol decreases the risk of heart diseases by 2-3%. 10% increase in serum cholesterol increases the heart disease by 20-30%. Lowering serum cholesterol by 10% for more than 5 years decreases the risk of Heart attack by 25%. Also the lowering of serum cholesterol lowers the risk of stroke. It is also noteworthy that 1mg/dl decrease in HDLincreases the risk by 4%.”

In addition to the quantity and quality, the mode of consumption of smaller amounts of fat a number of times (frequently) during a day has been shown to cause less elevation of blood cholesterol content as compared to consumption of the same total daily fat intake at one time of the day.

NUTRITIVE VALUE OF INDIAN FOODS, By NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION, published by Indian Council of Medical Research, Hyderabad – 500 007 India, states ; The poly saturated fatty acids present in Rice Bran Oil and composed mainly of linoleic acid ( 18:2) are known to be useful in preventing cardiovascular diseases. In recent years however another class of polyunsaturated fatty acids belonging to linolenic acid ( 18:3) series, normally present in fish and fish oil are also considered to be essential for the prevention of coronary heart disease. In fact , both of these in certain ratio are found to be useful for maintaining a healthy heart.”

Under the heading Fats and Oils, it is stated “To meet the oil demand newer sources of edible oil are being explored. In this context it must be pointed out that rice bran oil is an important edible source which has fatty acid composition similar to that of ground not oil. This oil has a special property reducing blood cholesterol a property not shared by ground nut oil.

Thus, scientifically, it is established that the Rice Bran Oil contains ingredients with reducesCholesterolandis goodforHeartas it reduces risk of Coronary Heart Diseases. As per DR. V. Prakash, Director, CFTRI, RBO is also called as Heart oil & is good for health.

– Rtn. Adv. Jagdish J. Agrawal




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