Black rice has been eaten in regions of Asia for thousands of years and for centuries it was reserved for only Chinese royalty. Today this type of rice is picking up in popularity and popping up in more health food stores across the US, Australia, and Europe, as people discover the numerous health benefits that whole grain black rice has to offer.
The bran hull of black rice, contains one of the most important antioxidant, anthocyanin found in any known food. Anthocryanin has the ability to help prevent a myriad of common but serious illnesses according to numerous studies that have looked at the benefits of this antioxidant.Studies have shown that black rice decreases dangerous atherosclerotic plaque formation in the arteries, which is very important for keeping arteries clear and preventing heart attacks and stroke.
The dietary fiber found in black rice can also importantly help to feel full after eating and to stay satisfied for a longer period of time between meals, potentially aiding in weight loss.
Black rice contains the entire bran of the grain where the fiber is stored, and fiber is able to help glucose from the grain to be absorbed by the body over a longer period of time. Therefore it helps in managing diabetes.
Due to the fact that it is unrefined and denser than white rice, black rice takes longer to cook. The best results can be achieved by first soaking your black rice for at least one hour before cooking it, but preferably for several hours.
Enjoy it as a side dish or cold in salads!