Is this rice more powerful than blueberries?
We've gotten used to looking to berries for the most powerful antioxidant punch.
And if you're like me, you don't mind that at all -- after all, there aren't many desserts better than a bowl full of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Just writing that makes me wish I had some now.
Variety is always good, though, and scientists have found another food that could have even higher levels of free-radical fighting anthocyanin -- and it's cheaper. So...relief for the wallet without sacrificing your health...sounds pretty great to me!
The miracle food is black rice, which in addition to its high level of antioxidants contains less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E than blueberries.
The results of a recent study of black rice were presented late last month at an American Chemical Society meeting.
Known as "Forbidden Rice" because its consumption was strictly limited to nobles in ancient China, black rice is commonly used decoratively in sushi and noodles.
Scientists are recommending that black rice bran be used as an additive in breakfast cereals and cookies, but why go the processed-food route when you can go for the whole food?
I searched a couple of my favorite recipe sites and found entries for everything from side dishes to black rice pudding. If you feel like keeping it simple, black rice can be cooked just like white and brown rice. Enjoy!