The Royal Food of the Emperors
Once reserved only for the emperors it is fabled to enrich health and ensure longevity and today it is still a rare rice that only a few can enjoy. It took ten years, but Forbidden Rice is grown organically on hundreds of small family farms in the Black Dragon River (Heilongjiang) region of China’s sub-arctic Northeast provinces.
Loaded with Antioxidants
Like brown rice, Forbidden or Black rice has similar nutrient levels and higher amounts of antioxidants. It is also a source of fiber and minerals, including iron. A 100g serving of black rice has 8.5g of protein, 3.5mg of iron and 4.9g of fiber. Compared to white, brown and red rices, black rice has the highest amount of protein and double the fiber of brown rice.
According to Zhimin Xu, an associate professor in the food science department at Louisiana State University, “a tablespoon of black rice bran has more antioxidants than a similar amount of blueberries, with less sugar and higher levels of vitamin E and fiber.” Black rice turns a deep purple when cooked and is packed with anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are phytochemicals found in deep blue and purple foods, which are thought to fight chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.
Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Another kind of antioxidant found in black rice bran is thought to be responsible for lowering bad cholesterol levels, helping prevent heart disease. According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, rabbits fed diets of black rice diet had 50 percent lower levels of atherosclerotic plaque than rabbits fed a similar diet containing white rice. Diets consisting of black rice have also been shown to alter other cardiovascular parameters, including lower triglycerides, a type of bad fat found in the blood, and improving HDL levels, also known as good cholesterol.
Black rice consumption has been associated with decreases in inflammatory compounds, specifically reactive oxygen species and aortic malondialdehyde, and increases in anti-inflammatory mediators, such as superoxide dismutase. Increases in inflammation are associated with disease and conditions such as atherosclerosis, arthritis, cancer, aging and allergies.
Our Forbidden Rice® is 100% Whole Grain, Organic, Vegan, verified non-GMO, Kosher and Gluten-Free.
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