Also called a forbidden or purple rice, black rice is a type of rice that belongs to the Oryza sativa L Species . Black rice gets its signature black purple colour from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties.
In an ancient China, its said that black rice was considered so unique and nutritious that it was forbidden for all but royalty.
Here are benefits of eating black rice
Good Source of Several Nutrients
Compared with other types of rice, black rice is one of the highest in protein. Black rice contains 9 grams of protein, compared with 7 grams fro brown rice.
Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are good compounds that protect your cells against oxidative stress caused by molecules known as free radicals.
Contains The Plant Compound Anthocyanin
Anthocyanin have strong anti inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti cancer effects.
May Boost Heart Health
Flavonoids found in black rice have been associated with a decreased risk of developing and dying from heart disease.
Has Anti-Cancer Properties
Studies found that higher intake of anthocyanin rich foods was associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Supports Eye Health
Compounds that work as antioxidants to help protect the eyes from potentially damaging free radicals.
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