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.
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.