Black Rice, the White Horse of Great Health

The western world is nurturing our bodies like never before. By fueling our diet with nutrient-rich grains, we are now armed with boosted energy and improved overall health.

For "health nuts," the first change in grain preferences came decades ago when we swapped fluffy white rice (refined flour that metabolizes into sugar, then fat) for brown rice (full of complex carbohydrates which metabolizes fat cells.) We then fell in love with Quinoa, packed with high-protein content and amino acids while being low in fat. In style now: black rice, the new king fish of the grain world.

Fiercely guarded in the Asian foothills and the islands of Indonesia, "Forbidden Rice" was until recently, only eaten by the Emperor of China, and was forbidden to all others. High in fiber and rich in iron, black rice is the new brown. With low sugar content and tons of vitamins, black rice improves the immediate health of your body by keeping weight down, while providing better long term health by aiding in prevention of cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and the ever increasing risk of Diabetes.

The mild and nutty flavor makes this grain a perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes. But as it goes in the culinary world — where master chefs insist on a dose of excitement with our healthy dishes — you can expect to see black rice cooked and pulverized into a puree or used as a garnish for hot dishes and desserts. Keep your eyes out for black rice bread and noodles, now being produced in China.

Stefanie Payne

I am a product development lead in NASA's human exploration deep space program at headquarters in Washington, DC. When I am not telling the story of human exploration in space, my focus is on writing about travel on Earth—with articles appearing in The Huffington Post, The Travel Channel, blogs for The National Geographic Society, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessInsider, IBTimes and more. ...(Read More)

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