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Black Rice: Health Benefits

by jenny sansouci on October 31, 2011

In the past month, I’ve been served black rice 3 times (twice within the past week)!

Black rice appearances:

  • On the outside of a sushi roll at a Lady Foot Locker event
  • Tossed with scallions in talented chef Isabel Tonelli‘s kitchen
  • Topped with pumpkin curry sauce at a Halloween dinner at my friend Jeanne’s apartment

With black rice showing up in my life with such unexpected frequency, I took that as a sign that I needed to do a little more research on black rice + share it with you. :)

I’m so glad I decided to research this. It turns out that black rice is PACKED with antioxidants! The deep black/purple color contains the same antioxidants found in blueberries and acai.

Black rice, according to Lotus Foods:

  • Cooks in only 30 minutes
  • Is a whole grain
  • High in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants reputed to prevent cancer and many other diseases
  • High in iron
  • Gluten and wheat freePlus….it tastes awesome! Black rice has a rich, nutty flavor that would go perfectly with so many different cuisines. I’ve loved it every time I’ve had it, and I can’t wait to get cooking with it in my own kitchen!!
  • What black rice looks like cooked:

    Cooked Black Rice

     

    The pumpkin curry dish with black rice I had this week:

    Black Rice

     

    Swap out your regular brown or white rice for BLACK RICE and let me know what you think!!




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