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February 19, 2013 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Why Black Rice is So Great for You

Physically intact whole grains are an exceptional food for health protection and black rice is arguably the cream of the rice crop. This exotic and strikingly luscious colored rice, also known as “forbidden rice,” was revered and specifically reserved for Ancient Asian royalty. Along with a wholesome nutritional wallop from abundant fiber, minerals, and vitamins, black rice is bursting with powerful antioxidants – measure for measure even more than blueberries! In fact, black rice contains the very same deep purple anthocyanin pigments as berries, but the pigments are so concentrated the grains appear black.

 

My local Costco currently carries large bags of the Nature’s Earthy Choice brand for an awesome buy. Black rice is uniquely versatile in the kitchen, but here are two great recipes to get you going.

Black Rice with Cranberries and Pecans

Black Rice with Peas and Parsley