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  • International Council of Rice Bran Oil Formed To Create Awareness on Health Related Properties of RBO

    Published on October 3, 2013

    Dr. A.R. Sharma, Vice President, The International Council of Rice Bran Oil (ICRBO)Mumbai: The International Council of Rice Bran Oil (ICRBO) has been formed at the first meeting of the board of Asian Society of Rice Bran Oil held recently at Bangkok. Representatives from China, India, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam attended the meet and elected Prof. Dr. Xuebing Xu from Wilmar Global R & D Center of China as the first President, Dr. A.R. Sharma, Chairman SEA RBO Promotion Council and CMD, Ricela Health Foods Ltd, of India as Vice President and President-elect, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Riantong Singanusong from Naresuan University of Thailand as the Secretary-In-General of  the Council.  Dr. B.V. Mehta, Executive Director of The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, is also on the Board of ICRBO, representing India. Each country has two representatives on the Board of the Council. Mr. Ashok Sethia of Sethia Oils Ltd is being nominated as observer on the council.

    A decision to set up international organization was taken at the 1st Thailand Conference on “Fats and Oils: Roles of Rice Bran Oil and its Products in the Changing Asia” held at Naresuan University of Thailand attended by over 200 delegates from Rice Bran Oil Producing countries including from Japan, Thailand India, China, Vietnam.

    The Council proposes to establish international scientific standard of rice bran oil (rice oil) and focus on value added products of rice derivatives. It also intends to promote and foster uniformity of commerce and trade among member countries in the fields of rice bran oil. It is expected that some more countries like Pakistan, Myanmar, South Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, U.S.A and Uruguay to soon join the council.

    The first of its type of International Council of Rice Bran Oil also expects to encourage and promote improved communications among rice bran producers, industry groups, academic researchers and local governments. It further proposes to enhance rice bran oil value addition and enlarge commercial application fields along with sponsor training programs to assist members in their technical work and development to improve rice bran oil production and support nutrition research.  The Council will also seek to create awareness among edible oil consumers across the world about the health related advantages of using the RBO.

    “The participant countries included India- the largest Rice Bran Oil producer in the world and China- the second largest RBO producer, besides Thailand- the host country,” says Dr. B.V. Mehta, Executive Director of The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India on his return from the Conference.

    The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) is busy promoting the health benefits of one of the ‘World’s Healthiest Oil’ – RICE BRAN OIL known as the ‘Wonder oil’ to many leading cardiologists, dieticians, nutritionists and health advisors world over. Rice Bran oil with its ideal SFA/ MUFA/ PUFA ratio and EFA ratios most ideally matches the prescribed levels suggested by World Health Organization (WHO). As per the Prof. Dr. Xuebing Xu, President, The International Council of Rice Bran Oil (ICRBO)National Institute of Nutrition Hyderabad, ‘RICE BRAN OIL’ with its anti-oxidant properties helps in lowering Cholesterol and reducing the risk of intestinal cancer and osteoporosis.

    While presenting the added benefits of physically refined Rice Bran Oil in India ,  Dr. A.R. Sharma, the largest RBO producer in the world and Chairman of SEA RBO Promotion Council,  and now also Vice President of the International Council, emphasized that physical refining is a better alternative to chemical refining to retain highest levels of Oryzanol in the refined RBO. He  says that various studies have proved that Rice Bran Oil helps reduce cholesterol, reduce hypertension, help in blood sugar management, protects liver, treats menopausal symptoms and it is anti-inflammatory. Besides, it helps patients of osteoporosis, helps lighten skin, hydrates and is anti-ageing, he added.

    Speaking further on the properties of this ‘Wonder Oil’ Dr. A.R. Sharma said “National and international dietary advisory bodies now suggest almost balanced fat in-take with moderate levels of saturated and poly-unsaturated fat and higher levels of mono-unsaturated fat. Most of the edible oils commonly used in India do not contain the recommended fat composition. But there are a few edible oils popular in developed countries which are very close to the latest recommendations even as single oil. These are rice bran oil, olive oil and canola oil. Rice bran oil is unique edible oil which is produced from oily layer (rice bran) of nutritious brown rice. It has higher levels of natural anti-oxidants making it the most suitable oil for frying.

    Source : Vaidehi