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Black Rice or forbidden or purple rice is a type of rice that belongs to the Oryza sativa. Black rice gets its signature black-purple color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties. In ancient China, it’s said that black rice was considered so unique and nutritious that it was forbidden for all but royalty.
Black Rice or forbidden or purple rice is a type that belongs to the Oryza sativa. The black-purple color is from a pigment called anthocyanin which is potent antioxidant. They are very unique and nutritious and was forbidden for all but royalty. It has a mild, nutty flavor, chewy texture, and many nutritional benefits.
Black Rice – Nutritional Value
Compared with other types it is one of the highest in protein. Per 3.5 ounces (100 grams) contains 9 grams of protein compared with 7 grams for brown rice. It’s a good source of iron a mineral that’s essential for carrying oxygen throughout your body.
A 1/4 cup (45 grams) of uncooked it provides:
|Fiber||1g||Iron||6% of the Daily Value (DV)|
They are a good source of several nutrients particularly protein, fiber, and iron.
Black Rice Health Benefits
In addition to being a good source of protein, fiber, and iron. It is high in several antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect your cells against oxidative stress caused by molecules known as free radicals. It contains over 23 types of antioxidants and has the highest antioxidant activity of all rice varieties. Anthocyanin is a pigment that’s responsible for the color of forbidden rice. It has potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. It contains high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin. These are two types of carotenoids that are associated with eye health.
It is naturally gluten-free and can be a good option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. This is a good source of protein and fiber both of which can help promote weight loss. It reduces appetite and increases feelings of fullness. Cooking it is easy and similar to cooking other forms of rice.
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