What Is Black Rice?

Bowl of Black Rice

Determined to lose the weight you’ve been carrying around for far too long, you launch a new, eating plan. After creating a grocery list, you head to the supermarket on a mission to stock your pantry with delicious, healthy foods. On the rice aisle at the grocery store, you’re about to drop a couple of bags of the brown variety into your cart when your eyes glimpse something unfamiliar and interesting, black rice. If you can relate to this scenario, you might be on the fence about purchasing black rice for the first time. If improving your health and losing weight are your priorities, adding black rice to your menu plan is a great idea.

The Forbidden Emperor's Rice 

Sometimes referred to as forbidden, longevity, or emperor’s rice, black rice isn’t really black. It is actually a dark purple hue. Naturally forming compounds, known as anthocyanins, give black rice its dark color. Blackberries and blueberries also contain these health benefiting substances. Anthocyanins are believed to contribute to:

  • Better eyesight
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Enhanced brain function
  • Stabilized blood sugar levels
  • Reduced cell aging 

One particular anthocyanin present in black rice, Cyanidin-3-glucocide, is thought to aid with appetite suppression. Cyanidin-3-glucocide might also help your body burn stored fat. Black rice is grown in China, India, and Southeast Asia. When cooked, this scrumptious rice has a nutty, delicate fragrance and a complex flavor. Naturally gluten free, black rice is great option for those suffering from celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities. Consider pairing this interesting grain with succulent, grilled salmon, grilled chicken, or a vegetable stir-fry. You can readily purchase black rice from Asian food retailers, organic food stores, and even big-box stores such as Walmart.

To learn more about black rice and how to incorporate it into your menu plan, consider scheduling a free, initial appointment with a consultant at a Metabolic Research Center in your neighborhood.



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