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Rice bran oil sources, health risks

Saturday, November 11, 2017 by

You might be surprised to find that we’ve listed rice bran oil as a potentially dangerous substance. Mainstream media has repeatedly reported its various health benefits, not least of which is it being an incredible source of numerous antioxidants and vitamins. Rice bran oil is also prepared as a cooking oil. Its high smoking point means that you can fry or cook food faster without introducing harmful chemicals into the meat or vegetable. Likewise, chefs prefer using rice bran oil because it allows food to develop a crunchier texture and a uniform color, which adds to the universal visual appeal.

All the same, rice bran oil is the end-product of the pressing of its namesake. The oil extracted from the grain, especially if questionable methods were used, can contain allergens that could cause severe gastrointestinal distress among highly sensitive people. These effects are rarely fatal (if at all) but must be largely considered when sourcing this product.

This introduction will focus on the common side effects of rice bran oil.

Harmful effects that can be caused by rice bran oil

Don’t worry – you’ll immediately know if you’re sensitive to rice bran oil. Typical side effects of hypersensitivity to the substance include gas, flatulence, and stomach discomfort. Some people even report having their stool patterns change (both in frequency and appearance). If you begin suffering from any of these symptoms, please stop using it at once. You should begin to feel normal after a day or two.

On a more disgusting note, some patients can develop acute skin rashes or dermatitis when exposed to rice bran oil. This is because of the presence of the straw mite which has been noted to be present in several rice bran oil supplements. Take note that these straw mites are not found in all products of rice bran oil, so we encourage you to take be extra vigilant when buying your supplements or organic products. Make sure to support a reputable grocer and/or manufacturer.

Rice bran oil should not be used by patients suffering from a calcium deficiency. The oil is known to lower blood calcium in the body (making it effective against kidney stones); however, this also suggests that people with osteoporosis or hypocalcemia should avoid cooking with the oil or eating anything soaked in it.

There are no studies that suggest any complications that can occur in pregnant women. Nevertheless, doctors ask their patients to not take the oil if they are with child.

Body systems harmed by rice bran oil

Rice bran oil can harm the gastrointestinal tract. The substance can be the source of an allergic reaction among sensitive people. Symptoms of such distress include flatulence, bloating, and diarrhea.

The oil can also carry straw mites which can harm the skin.

Where to learn more


Rice bran oil is a well-known superfood and is an excellent source of vital antioxidants and nutrients. However, improper manufacturing or processing of the oil can lead to severe allergic complications or skin rashes. Please source the product from a reputable grocer.

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