Nutrients are lost when the outer layer of any type of rice is removed during the milling process for making white rice. Brown rice and black rice are antioxidant-rich, but only black rice contains anthocyanins, the purple and dark red pigments that colour and add valuable nutrients to blueberries, grapes, blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries and acai berries. Anthocyanin antioxidants are associated with health benefits.
One spoonful of black rice bran provide the same amount or more anthocyanins than a spoonful of blueberries according to 2010 study examining the influence of anthyocyanins on some chronic health conditions. The results of this research were published by Zhimin Xu, Ph.D. and presented at the 240th National Meeting of American Chemical Society in Boston. The antioxidants in black rice may help fight heart disease and reduce blood levels of "bad" cholesterol, which is low-density lipoprotein or LDL.
Vitamins, Minerals & Fibre:
Black rice is a healthy source of minerals, especially iron. It contains vitamin E and is lower in sugar than berries that have similar phytochemical qualities. Black rice is fibre-rich and nutritionally similar, though not identical, to whole grain brown rice.
Cooking Forbidden Black Rice:
Unlike traditional black rice that is commonly soaked overnight and cooked for up to 40 minutes, our Forbidden Black Rice is parboiled (partially cooked) so it requires no soaking and reduces your preparation time while retaining all its natural health benefits.
How To Cook Forbidden Black Rice
1. Add 1 3/4 cups of water to 1 cup (200g) of Forbidden Black Rice. Salt to taste.
2. Bring to boil over high heat. Cover, reduce to simmer covered for 20-30 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and stand covered for 5-10 minutes and serve. That Easy!
Parboiled black rice.