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Rice bran is the husk of the rice grain, which is removed during the milling process that converts brown rice into white. It’s a highly nutritious part of the rice grain, with a pleasant nutty flavour.
Like oat bran, rice bran helps lower elevated cholesterol. When people with moderately high cholesterol levels took 84 grams of either rice bran, oat bran or a placebo every day for 6 weeks, the cholesterol levels of those taking rice bran or oat bran dropped by similar amounts, but the levels of those taking the placebo did not.
Rice bran may have additional benefits for people with type 2 diabetes. In a Taiwanese study published in 2010, 28 people with diabetes took either 20 grams of stabilised rice bran or a placebo every day for 12 weeks. At the end of that time, blood sugar control had improved and so had total and LDL-cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) levels.
Although rice bran is rich in fibre, it appears to also contain both pectin and beta-glucan (both of which have known effects against cholesterol), it appears to be the oil content of the bran that is responsible for the cholesterol-lowering action. Rice bran oil contains a number of constituents that are believed to contribute to its cholesterol-lowering properties, including tocotrienols (a form of natural vitamin E) and gamma-oryzanol.
For those concerned about colon health, rice bran has been shown to increase the size and frequency of bowel motions more effectively than wheat bran – perhaps due to its higher levels of resistant starch.
Sprinkle over your breakfast cereal, fruit or yoghurt.
Add NutriVital Good For You Rice Bran to tabouleh, dips and other cold vegetable dishes, or stir through couscous, quinoa or brown rice.
The oil in rice bran doesn’t respond well to heat, so its best to use it in cool dishes, or add it to warm ones just before serving.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Rice bran (brown rice)
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