My mom knows how into health food I am and I’m always researching and digging for new ways to use food to not only fuel the body but to also help and prevent ailments, aging, aches, pains…anything. So when she came over with a bag of black rice that she picked up from Trader Joe’s I was intrigued. I know from my studies that most food that is very dark in color (spinach, blueberries, kale, etc) is traditionally loaded with antioxidants and health benefits.
I cooked some up and the deep color of the rice magnified and the water turned a bright black/purple color. The rice was a little sticky after it was done cooking, which I really liked. I love sticky rice from Chinese restaurants in NYC! It also had a very good, mild flavor to it. A bit nutty, but mild. Because it had a mild flavor I didn’t use too many seasonings. A little olive oil, pink salt and black pepper was all it needed. I paired it with some fresh sautéed veggies. Ok so now with the good stuff…
Health Benefits of Black Rice
I was really excited when I read on NaturalNews.com that black rice is one of the healthiest foods that can be obtained today! As I thought, because of it’s deep, rich color, black rice is a good source of antioxidants. The color can be attributed to the same chemicals (anthocyanins) that give acai berry and blueberries their distinctive coloring.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid with antioxidant effects. According to an article on About.com, they act as ‘antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits.”
Also, the article states that “In herbal medicine, anthocyanin-rich substances have long been used to treat a number of conditions (including high blood pressure, colds, and urinary tract infections). Recent research suggests that anthocyanins may also help fend off major health problems, including heart disease and cancer.”
Adding Black Rice To Your Diet
As with any other carbohydrate, we recommend eating your starches early in the day, before 3pm. And of course, measure and moderate. Your total caloric intake from carbohydrates each day should be about 30% or less depending on if you are trying to maintain or lose excess weight. Carbs are not your enemy. We are our own enemy because we go overboard with the portions.
If you can’t find black rice at your local supermarket, you can order it online from Amazon.com.