Black rice is one of the expensive nutriments and it was mostly reserved for Chinese royalty. It was mostly cultivated in Southeast Asian countries such as China, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Black rice is loaded with high fiber, high anti-oxidant and protein. The levels are much higher than White rice, brown rice and red rice. Forbidden rice is medium sized grain, non-glutinous rice with a deep black-purple color, it has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. This whole-grain rice is rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant pigments that give the rice its unusual hue. It is the same anti-oxidant, which is responsible for the color of the blueberries, eggplant, purple corn, purple cauliflower, concord grapes. The rice is packed with good protein, high fibre content, carbohydrate, fat and iron. Both the protein and high fibre content helps to maintain healthy weight and gives you a feeling of fullness.
High level of several anti-oxidants in the black rice helps to fight with the free radical in the body and prevent from cellular damage. Anthocyanins have potent anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant property. Black rice also improves the cholesterol level, it helps to reduce the bad cholesterol ‘LDL’ level and increase the good cholesterol ‘HDL’ level. High content of lutein and zeaxanthin help to prevent your eyes from powerful damaging free radicals. Black rice can be cooked liked any other rice and it can be consumed as stir-fry, pudding, grain bowl, noodles, desert or salad. To keep the rice from becoming sticky, you can wash the rice with cold water before boiling to remove any extra starch from the surface of the rice.
Plant-based foods have long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality. The overall anti-oxidant level is quiet high in Black rice in view of the fact that beside high of level of anthocyanins it contains different types of flavonoids and carotenoids. It is thus helpful to reduce the risk of different chronic diseases like certain types of cancer, chronic heart and kidney problem, Alzheimer. Full of fiber Black rice helps regulate the bowel movements, prevent bloating, constipation and diarrhea. It also gives the feeling of fullness and thus prevents from overeating and from the risk of obesity. High content of good proteins are required for building muscle and cutting down of excess weight. The phytonutrients present in the Black rice also act as natural detoxifier. Anthocyanin rich food also lowers the risk of colorectal cancer. Lutein and Zeaxanthin present in the Black rice have shown to protect the retina of the eyes by filtering out harmful blue light waves, beside that the anti-oxidant protect the eyes from the potential free radical damage. Daily consumption of 160 mg of Anthocyanin remarkably improved HDL (good) cholesterol levels and significantly reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol level.
BENEFITS OF BLACK RICE
Ø Rich in anti-oxidant, and thus good for overall health
Ø Support eye health
Ø Support heart health
Ø Aids in weight loss
Ø Naturally Gluten free
Ø Have good amount of iron, thus prevent from anemia