Black rice is commonly referred to as “forbidden rice” because of its long and interesting history. As you know, all rice varieties are a substantial and important crop in the diet of nearly every Asian population, and have been for thousands of years. During the years when China was ruled by an emperor, black rice was dubbed as the “Forbidden Rice”. It was cultivated in very small amounts because it was only for the emperor’s consumption. Although no such ban is being practiced nowadays, black rice is still very much produced in low amounts, especially when compared to brown and white rice.
In China, black rice has been known for being good for the kidneys, stomach and liver since ancient times. Its’ full of antioxidants, protects heart health, can help detoxify the body, good source of fiber which improves digestive health, a naturally gluten free grain, and here is the big one for me – helps slow down absorption of sugar in the blood, helping to prevent diabetes , and better at preventing obesity than refined grains. It’s considered a Superfood and is so versatile. I not only eat it as a dinner food but have also in my yogurt for breakfast. It has a nutty taste and adds a good texture to the yogurt. I also add flax seed and wheat germ. Very powerful indeed.
Now on to how you make it. – First it’s the Forbidden Rice by Lotus Foods I buy, which you can purchase in a Health Food store or as I do online. I don’t soak my rice but I rinse it. Some recipes call for soaking but I never have. I use for every 1 cup of dry rice I use a little less than the 1.50 cups of water – Bring to a boil for 5 mins and then lower the heat to the lowest setting and let cook for 45 mins. Once you turn off the heat let the rice sit for 10 mins before taking the top off and fluffing with your fork.
Comparison of different rice types
There are currently different rice types available today with the most common one being the white variety. Out of all the types, however, black rice is found to be the one containing the highest amount of nutrition that helps with growth. Here’s some information on the different rice colors on their content.
Polished white rice – contains 6.8 protein, 1.2 iron, 0.5 zinc and 0.6 fiber.
Brown rice – contains 7.9 protein, 2.2 iron, 0.5 zinc and 2.8 fiber
Purple rice – 8.3 protein, 3.9 iron, 2.2 zinc and 1.4 fiber.
Red rice – 7.0 protein, 5.5 iron, 3.3 zinc and 2.0 fiber.
Black rice – 8.5 protein, 3.5 iron, zero zinc and 4.9 fiber.
Learn more by visiting – http://www.naturalnews.com/039806_black_rice_antioxidants_health_benefits.
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