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A Handful Of Black Rice

black-riceNot just great looking on a plate, it’s even better in our tummies. Black rice is an ancient grain that had even more impressive health benefits than many of its cousins. It is the rice richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, it also contains dietary fibre and anti-inflammatory properties.

Also known as ‘forbidden rice’, it has been eaten in Asia for thousands of years, prized highly by the Chinese. Today this rice in becoming more popular and can be found on the menus of upscale eateries and health food cafes around the world.

Black rice is full of antoxidants. Anthocryanin has the ability to prevent a myriad of common but serious illnesses. It has been correlated against the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention, reducing inflammation and improving brain function.

Like other rice, black rice is naturally gluten free. Studies have also shown that consuming black rice can cleanse the liver of harmful toxic buildup, again thanks to its high antioxidant content.

The fiber in black rice helps prevent constipation, bloating and other digestive symptoms. The fiber binds to waste and toxins in the digestive tract and help eliminate them via regular bowel function.

The high fiber content also helps keep you feeling fuller loner. Coupled with its low calorie count compared to other rice, it makes a great alternative for those looking to manage their weight. Did you know one cup of black rice only contains about 160 calories?

In contrast to regular white rice, black rice is high in flavonoid phytonutrients and minerals including iron and copper. Just the outside of the rice has one of the highest levels of anthocryanin antioxidants of any food.

Black rice is available at many Asian supermarkets or grocers as well as specialty stores and health food shops. Look out for organic ones to reap more flavor and goodness.