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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ever Heard Of Black Rice…..Here Is Why You Should Include Black Rice In Your Diet

Ever heard of black rice? Chances are more that you are hearing it for the first time. Don’t feel embarrassed, you are not alone! Being a less popular variety of rice, black rice is also known as forbidden rice. But this variety of rice has more impressive health benefits than most of the commonly known and used varieties of rice. Here is why you should include this super food in your diet.

Ever Heard Of Black Rice…..Here Is Why You Should Include Black Rice In Your Diet

How Does Black Rice Taste?

Like brown rice, black rice is chewier and denser than white rice. But it really doesn’t taste like either white or brown rice. It’s plumper, almost juicy. And its flavor is more robust and complex. If you can imagine it, it’s almost like a cross between brown rice, black beans, and huckleberries. (Black beans and berries are both good sources of anthocyanins, come to think of it.)

OK, that might not sound all that appealing but trust me on this: While choosing brown rice over white rice always feels like a bit of a sacrifice to me, black rice feels like a big upgrade!

Everything you need to know about nutrition of black rice

Full of antioxidants

The outermost layer of the black rice, known as bran hull, is loaded with antioxidant anthocyanin, which helps in preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancer and improving the function of the brain. Its deep black colour is the indication of it being rich in antioxidant properties. Besides, it contains important vitamin E that keeps your eyes, skin and immune system healthy.

Good for your heart

According to some studies, black rice may reduce the risk of arthrosclerosis plaque formation in the arteries, thus, preventing heart attacks and strokes. The anthocyanins, a class of phyto chemicals present in black rice, helps maintain your cholesterol level by reducing concentrations of bad cholesterol and total triglycerides.

Helps detoxify the body

Studies have shown that consumption of black rice can help detoxify your body by cleansing the accumulation of toxic substances from the liver. All thanks to its high content of antioxidants.

Improves digestive health

Black rice like any other variety of rice is packed with fiber that helps prevent constipation, bloating and other unwanted digestive problems. Therefore, include this super-food to keep digestive problems at bay.

Prevents obesity

Looking for ways to lose weight? Try black rice as it will shut off the hunger pangs you experience by making your feel fuller for longer. Researchers have observed that it can help prevent insulin resistance that is linked to an increased risk for obesity. Now that you know the health benefits of black rice, make sure to include it in your diet.

Where to Buy Black Rice
Black rice is known as Forbidden Rice because it used to be cultivated in small quantities and reserved exclusively for the Emperors of Ancient China. Fortunately, black rice is getting easier to find. You’ll almost certainly find it at health food or whole foods store; any pIace with a bulk grain section will probably have it. And if all else fails, you can buy it online. You’ll spend between $4 and $7 per pound for it, which is more than you’ll pay for brown rice—but still well under $1 per serving.

By Meenakshi Chaudhary , Onlymyhealth

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