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  • Dr. Genie M. Markwell

Have you heard of Forbidden Rice

I was recently introduced to this "forbidden rice" and it is now on my "standards and staples" list. Forbidden rice is also known as black rice, purple rice or longevity rice. This is not something new... it is an ancient grain that has been served for years in Asian countries.

Brown rice is much more popular in health circiles but black rice has more powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, it containes fiber and has anti-inflammatory properties. It has a more nutty flavor, similar to brown rice and maintains density greater than white rice.

A 1/3 cup serving of cooked black rice contains approximately (in daily recommended values):

  • 200 calories

  • 2 grams of fat

  • 43 grams of carbohydrates

  • 3 grams of fiber

  • 6 grams of protein

  • 4% DV for iron (bonus for vegetarians)

  • 4% DV for selenium (great immune booster)

  • 120% DV for Manganese

This particular brand (found at our local QFC) is Gluten Free, non GMO and Vegan. The history of this ancient grain is included on the packaging as well and it is an interesting story.

A very beneficial anti-oxident, Anthocryanin is on the main reasons that this rice has me so excited. Anthocryanin has the ability to help prevent numerous common but serious illnesses according to studies that have looked at the benefits. Anthocyanin antioxidants also found in acai berries, blueberries, blackberries and elderberries, have been said to help prevent cardiovascular disease, protect against cancer that can be caused by free radical damage, improve brain function, reduce inflammation and more.

As with all grains, as carbohydrates, they can and do have an impact on blood sugar levels and should be eaten in small portions. I encourage you to try this one though... it adds a rich color to the plate, tastes great and provides nutrients that boost our immune system!

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