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Ricebran Oil

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Ricebran Oil

Latin Name: Oryza sativa

Family: Poaceae, Graminae

Etymology: Sativa is the botanical term for cultivated, planted deliberately.

Method of Extraction: The oil is refined

Principal Constituents:

 Type  Based on  Content -%
 Monounsaturated fatty acid    
 C18:1  oleic acid  43.6
 Polyunsaturated fatty acid    
 C18:2  linoleic acid  36.6
 C18:3  linolenic acid  1.8
 Typical fatty acid content    16.3


Physical properties

Colour Lovibond 3.0 R max / 30.0 Y max
Free fatty acids  0.05% max
Iodine value 98-108
Peroxide value 1.5 max
Saponification value 185-195
Unsaponifiable matter  2.5% max
Smoke point 500F
Specific gravity @ 25C 0.913-0.919
Refractive index 25C 1.470-1.473

This oil is difficult to obtain on a retail basis . As far as cooking is concerned in its unrefined state it has characteristics similar to those of wheatgerm oil (Emmerson & Ewin 1996) Naturally high in tocopherols and ferulic acid (an antioxidant)

Reference: Carrier Oils For Aromatherapy and Massage: Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price


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