Purple Rice Many Health Benefits, Reduces Obesity

Purple rice is back in the news once again and deservedly so.
Not as well known as its cousins — white rice and brown rice — purple rice has great nutritional value and is a staple of the Oriental diet. Indeed the ancient Chinese revered this rice and only the Emperor was allowed to eat it. In addition to its many health benefits; perhaps most important, purple rice controls and reduces obesity.


It is an excellent source of carbohydrates, has almost no fat or cholesterol, and is high in protein content.


This rice is  grown mainly in Asia and has a deep black color that turns purple when cooked. It is slightly chewy and has a nutty flavor.

Here are some important facts on purple rice:

  • It is entirely non-allergenic and gluten-free,
  • It can be used in desserts,
  • The purple color is from the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in blueberries,
  • Purple rice can be used in any recipe that calls for rice.

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Purple Rice: Health Benefits

This rice contains higher levels of healthy anti-oxidants compared to white rice. Antioxidants have been shown to promote heart health and may help lower the risk of some cancers. They also help protect the body’s cells from harmful free radicals.


It also lowers the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol by increasing the levels of the good high-density lipo-protein (HDL) cholesterol in the body.


In addition, it prevents the formation of atherosclerotic plaque formation in the arteries that can lead to heart failure.


Excellent Dietary Fiber

It is a rich source of dietary fiber. It helps the digestive system work properly, prevents constipation and acid reflux (GERD).


High In Iron

Iron is necessary to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. A diet lacking in the mineral can lead to iron deficiency anemia. Men aged 19 to 64 and post-menopausal women should consume 8.7 milligrams (mg) a day.


Younger women, or those who lose a lot of blood during their monthly period, need more iron and should try to consume 14.8 mg a day through their diet.


Do yourself a favor and consider adding this rice to your diet schedule.

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