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Rice Bran Oil - Evil PUFA Monster?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2013 at 4:07 AM

Rice bran oil is popping up everywhere - is it a thumbs down from the Paleosphere? It is stable at high heat, but I suspect it has the same problems as 'seedy' oils. Avoid at all costs? I submit to the wisdom of the Jedi Masters.

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This makes great sense - thanks for the percentage of PUFA in the RBO, that is very helpful!

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I'd like to make my choices on more info than "what the paleosphere prefers" - why? Why is rice bran bad? Does it contain anti-nutrients, and if so, is are they still intact when converted to oil? Dan's point about oils being on a continuum resonated with me... sometimes it is a matter of the best available choice (high heat cooking, can't deal with the coconut oil flavors, vegetarians will also be at the party, etc...) I will always draw my own conclusions, but I like doing so with qualitative, specific input from those who have more time in the trenches than I. Thanks!

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on April 27, 2013
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Fats are on a continuum. Rice bran oil is about 33% PUFA, so it's better than something like soybean oil or corn oil but worse than beef tallow or coconut oil.

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on April 28, 2013
at 12:07 AM

This makes great sense - thanks for the percentage of PUFA in the RBO, that is very helpful!

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on April 27, 2013
at 07:44 PM

Think about it this way: the paleosphere generally prefers white rice to brown not because the white rice has something extra that we need but that the brown rice has something extra that we don't. The difference between white rice and brown rice is that brown rice still has the germ and bran intact. If white rice is better because it lacks the bran, and you want something made entirely from bran, feel free to draw your own conclusions.

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on April 28, 2013
at 12:06 AM

I'd like to make my choices on more info than "what the paleosphere prefers" - why? Why is rice bran bad? Does it contain anti-nutrients, and if so, is are they still intact when converted to oil? Dan's point about oils being on a continuum resonated with me... sometimes it is a matter of the best available choice (high heat cooking, can't deal with the coconut oil flavors, vegetarians will also be at the party, etc...) I will always draw my own conclusions, but I like doing so with qualitative, specific input from those who have more time in the trenches than I. Thanks!

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