By abbey on July 23, 2013
Hey Everyone! My pal Lauren Pelehach is a certified holistic health coach and blogger. Since we both love delicious, nutritious food, we’ve decided to share our passions and ideas with each other’s readers. Lauren is going to share some of her favorite, nutrient dense ingredients and their benefits with you. In return, I’ll create a recipe for that ingredient that’s she’ll post over on her site, The Healthalicious Chick. Today, we’re starting with Black Rice. You can find the recipe here. Let us know what you think!
Super Ingredient: Forbidden Rice
Forbidden rice is also known as black rice, but ‘forbidden” rice sounds so much more intriguing… Forbidden rice gained its moniker back in the days when Emperors ruled China. It was only made in very small batches and only for the Emperor; it was forbidden for anyone else to consume it. Although it is still not as widely available as other more common types of rice, you don’t need to be an Emperor (although you may feel like one!) to consume this nutrient filled, scrumptious rice. It has a slightly different taste and texture, however I personally love its hearty, almost nutty taste.
We always talk about eating all the colors of the rainbow as part of a healthy diet. However, being a New Yorker, black holds a near and dear place in my heart (and in my wardrobe), so it cannot be overlooked! Black rice is chock full of antioxidants, which help the body to rid itself of toxins and waste. These antioxidants, called anthocyanins, which are also found in blueberries, grapes and acai, is what gives it a purplish hue. Anthocyanins have been shown to reduce plaque buildup in the arteries, thereby reducing your risk of heart attack. Additionally, they have been shown to lower cholesterol. Berries are still a great sources of antioxidants, however adding black rice to your diet provides all the benefits without all the sugar! Be sure to buy the whole grain rice, as the anthocyanins are contained within the outer bran, which is revived during the milling process.
How does black rice stack up against other types of rice:
Polished white rice – contains 6.8 protein, 1.2 iron, 0.5 zinc and 0.6 fiber.
Brown rice – contains 7.9 protein, 2.2 iron, 0.5 zinc and 2.8 fiber
Purple rice – 8.3 protein, 3.9 iron, 2.2 zinc and 1.4 fiber.
Red rice – 7.0 protein, 5.5 iron, 3.3 zinc and 2.0 fiber.
Black rice – 8.5 protein, 3.5 iron, zero zinc and 4.9 fiber.