Forbidden Rice and Antioxidants
Posted Friday, August 27, 2010

New research suggests that black rice may be an excellent and inexpensive source of antioxidants.  

At National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Zhimin Xu, professor at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, presented recent research, saying:

"Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants. If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health promoting antioxidants."
A black to deep purple color when cooked, this heirloom is also known by the colorful historical title of 'forbidden rice'. The origins of this name are not entirely clear, though one theory posits that the name arose from Chinese emperors, who would hoard the rice due to it's scarcity and high nutritional value.  

DSIB: Antioxidants
American Chemical Society: Black rice rivals pricey blueberries as source of healthful antioxidants

 

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