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Black Rice Benefits

Sometimes found tucked into packets of white rice, if not overlooked altogether, black rice is a sticky variety of rice that offers a vast selection of vitamins and nutrients not prevalent in other varieties.

Like other foods of darker shades, it is generally better for you than its lighter colored counterparts like white rice, which pales in comparison.

This is not mere coincidence; it owes its dark shade to the anthocyanin antioxidants it contains. Its color also garners it the names of ‘purple rice’ and ‘forbidden rice’.

Don’t let the latter deter you. The only reason ever to neglect this grain, according to Chinese legend, was that black rice was considered so good, that only the emperor could enjoy it, thereby forbidding ‘commoners’ from having any.

It comes from black heirloom plants and produces other varieties of rice, including Indonesian black rice and black jasmine rice. Its fiber content is close to that of brown rice and the similarities don’t end there. Black rice, as with brown, is lower in fat content, though both are denser in calories.

However, because of the high fiber content, some calories will not be absorbed and metabolized as fat. Instead, calories from insoluble fiber will pass through your system, aiding digestion along the way.

In addition, black rice has positive qualities that brown rice lacks.

Packed into black rice’s nutty flavor, are high amounts of amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, and vitamin E, which protect cells from free radical damage.

Black rice can also act as an anti-inflammatory and be used to reduce allergic reactions. The nutrients in black rice help fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It may also prevent diabetes and high blood pressure.

Better yet, it is inexpensive and can be used in variety of dishes. Making it accessible to all budgets and lifestyles.

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