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Introduction

  • Rice bran oil is the oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice.

  • Rice bran oil contains a range of fats, with 47% of its fats monounsaturated, 33% polyunsaturated, and 20% saturated.

  • Rice bran oil is rich in vitamin E, γ-oryzanol (an antioxidant that may help prevent heart attacks), and phytosterols (compounds believed to help lower cholesterol absorption), which may provide associated health benefits.

  • The bran is primarily comprised pericarp, aleurone and subaleurone layers of kernel, and typically includes the embryo or germ and small amount of starchy endosperm.

Processing and Technology

  • The technology on refining rice bran oil is based on a novel refining process as compared to the current technology and has technologically commercial attractiveness through the better product profile

  • The rice bran oil was refined to remove unsaponifiables, colour and pigments, waxes, gums and free fatty acids by using dewaxing, degumming, neutralization and bleaching.

  • CO2 is used to separate high quality edible oil rich in bio-active phytochemicals such as Oryzanol, tocols, sterols from rice bran using varying pressure (300 to 500 bar) temperature (50-80oC) mass flow.

  • The extraction process starts with raw material preparation. Rice bran is first screened. It is then heated by steam at temperature higher than 100 degrees.

  • In order to obtain high quality refined Rice Bran Oil, the refining process begins by reducing excess free fatty acid and then decreasing the colour with activated clay.

Market

  • India has a potential of 1.5 million metric tones (MMT) rice bran oil per annum and only less than 10% of it is exploited for edible use for want of economical industrial process.

  • In the U.S., rice bran oil is currently being used in up-scale snack food production and various types of restaurants. Traditionally, potato chips and even French fries have been fried in rice bran oil throughout various Asian countries, such as Japan due to the flavour and also the oxidative stability that Rice Bran Oil offers.

  • Rice Bran Oil is extensively used in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Thailand as a premium edible oil

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