The Forbidden Rice 101: All the more reasons you should try it!

The Forbidden Rice known as Black Rice may be less popular than white or brown rice, but its health benefits are definitely more impressive in comparison.

1/4 uncooked black rice, or one-half cup cooked contains:

  1. 160 calories
  2. 34 grams of carbohydrates
  3. 5 grams of protein
  4. 2 grams of fiber
  5. 1.5 grams of fat
  6. 4% DV for iron

Health benefits of black rice

1. Full of Antioxidants

The outermost layer of this rice grain contains the highest level of antioxidant named anthocyanin in comparison to any other known food.

2. Protects Heart Health

Black ride helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, total triacylglycerol concentrations, and  LDL “bad” cholesterol thanks to the specific anthocyanins phytochemicals found in it.

3. Can Help Detoxify the Body

Studies have shown that black rice can cleanse the liver and detoxify the body thanks to its high antioxidant content.

4. Good Source of Fiber Which Improves Digestive Health

The fiber in this rice prevents bloating, constipation and other unwanted digestive symptoms. This fiber will also help you feel full after eating, which means it can aid in weight loss.

5. A  Gluten Free Grain

As other rice varieties, black rice doesn’t contain gluten.

6. Helps Prevent Diabetes and Obesity

Consuming whole grains is much more beneficial when it comes to developing obesity and diabetes than consuming refined carbohydrates.

Black rice can be added to soups, stir fries, stews and it also makes a delicious side dish on its own with some pepper and salt.

Rice, Tomatoes and Basil Recipe

A great addition to any meal!

Total Time: 45 minutes Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 C black rice (soaked overnight)
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • ¼ C Coconut Vinegar
  • 1 lb heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 C basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

Boil 2 C water and add the salt and the rice. Let it simmer for 30-40 minutes until the water is evaporated and the rice is cooked. Whisk together coconut oil, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over the rice and add the basil and tomatoes. Mix everything well.

Rice Salad Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 3 cups cooked black rice
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cups walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cups Coconut Vinegar
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Directions: Combine the cooked rice with all ingredients in a bowl and mix lightly.

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