Rice bran oil for food use has been commercially produced in the United States by RITO since 1993. Despite its similarities to other common vegetable oils, rice bran oil offers several unique properties that make it very interesting as a specialty oil in niche markets. It has a very appealing nut-like flavor and once extracted is very stable with excellent fry-life. But its most notable feature is its high level of naturally occurring antioxidants with nutraceutical value such as gamma-oryzanol and tocotrienols.

Here is the structure of the rice kernel and containing about 15-20% oil (the same general range of soybeans).