The journey toward healthy fats is paved with surprising discoveries. Rice bran oil is getting rave reviews lately because a new study touts its cholesterol-lowering properties (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005, vol. 81, no. 1). Researchers found that concentrations of certain compounds in the oil reduce lipid, fat, or fatty substances in the blood.

Rice bran oil has a delicious nutty taste. With its high smoke point (490 degrees), it’s great for frying as well as baking, salad dressings, and marinades. To reap the most heart-healthy benefits, check the label of your rice bran oil to make sure it contains phytosterols, plant-based compounds known to reduce cholesterol.