Rice bran oil is an edible oil extracted from the bran, or outer layer, of rice kernels. It is commonly used in Asian countries, especially in India and Japan, as a cooking oil, as well as in the production of margarine, shortening, and other food products. Rice bran oil is a good source of vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamin E, which makes it beneficial for skin and overall health. It also has a high smoke point, making it suitable for high-heat cooking methods. Additionally, rice bran oil is low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which makes it a healthier alternative to other oils high in saturated fats. However, it can be prone to oxidative stability issues and may become rancid more quickly than other oils, so proper storage is important.