Emperor’s Black Rice

August 27th, 2010

By Carina Storrs (Health.com): According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it.

Although black rice is still relatively rare, researchers are trying to bring its distinctive flavor and mix of antioxidants to the masses—or at least to a grocery store near you.

Like brown rice, black rice is full of antioxidant-rich bran, which is found in the outer layer that gets removed during the milling process to make white rice. But only black-rice bran contains the antioxidants known as anthocyanins, purple and reddish pigments—also found in blueberriesgrapes and acai—that have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, improvements in memory, and other health benefits.

On Chicago’s North Shore, Sunset Foods carries Emperor’s Black and Red Bhutan rices, and Sea Ranch in Wilmette has  Emperor’s Black Rice– Dr. Cathie


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