The Once “Forbidden” Rice is Nature’s Latest U.S. Health Discovery – Your Health Detective

Historical Perspective     

I’ve been fortunate enough to have made over a dozen trips to China and always heard people discuss the exclusiveness of black rice, otherwise known as “Forbidden” rice.

In ancient China, the name “forbidden” came into being because the rice was so exclusive it was solely for the use of aristocrats – the general public was forbidden from eating it…Click to continue reading…

I’ve indulged on black rice and it certainly is a true delicacy with a distinct nutty flavor not found in any other rice. Fortunately with its popularity growing in the U.S., I no longer have to travel to China to indulge – I recently found this delicious genre of rice in my local health food store, sometimes under the name of “Emperor’s Black Rice”.

Scientific Perspective

New research presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Louisiana reports, “Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, with less sugar, more fiber and vitamin E.” According to Zhimin Xu, Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, “If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health-promoting antioxidants.”

Dr. Xu analyzed samples of black rice grown in the southern United States, and found that, in addition to high contents of gamma-tocotrienol (vitamin E), and gamma-oryzanol antioxidants, black rice possesses higher levels of the anthocyanins antioxidants, which are valuable because they are water-soluble. Because growing black rice in the southern U.S. states has been found to be high in nutrition, we no longer are forced to only consume imported rice from China, although it surely remains a delicacy for me.

Healthy Blueberry Alternative for Those with Inflammation

 (pictured is a tropical black rice dish with mangoes…you can use any fruit like peaches, pears or even apples for a delicious side dish)

The nutritional superiority of black rice is especially exciting for those of us who cannot consume blueberries or huckleberries for their antioxidant benefits because they contain the same alkaloids that induce inflammation as foods in the nightshade genre. In addition, the great benefit of the black rice fiber also assists in benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood sugar and assisting healthy elimination. According to researcher Pu Jing, certain types of anthocyanins have a greater activity against colon cancer than others. He wrote in the findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, “The chemical structures of anthocyanins do have a significant impact on their biological activity, and data suggest that non-acylated monoglycosylated anthocyanins are more potent inhibitors of colon cancer cell growth proliferation.” 

With the holidays upon us, why not add a new side-dish, you’ll surely get rave reviews. I’ve even stuffed a turkey with this rice and a cornish hen, it’s healthy, delicious and a palate pleaser.

The U.S. Future in Producing Black Rice

The future of U.S. black rice and black rice bran is promising as it can now be included in a wide range of products as an alternative to blue berries in products like breakfast cereals, beverages, cakes, cookies, yogurts, and other foods.

The antioxidant market globally increases by about 3 per cent per year, valued in the U.S. market at $400 million in 2004 and increased to $438 million in 2007. That said, the European, U.S. and Japanese markets account for 90 per cent of the stated markets.

So, for those of you readers who, like me, know the importance of getting plenty of antioxidants and fiber yet must avoid all nightshade foods and those that contain inflammation-inducing alkaloids, we have reason to celebrate…go out and try some of this delicious black rice – it cooks exactly like a brown rice. I place enough water in the pan to cover the rice by about 1.5 inches. I prefer chicken broth to water and I add garlic and parsley for that decadent flavor. It’s a great side dish as well as used in a stir-fry. 

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 Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.,  D.S.C., EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist

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