In our country the use of black rice in cooking is not that common. However, this variety is the most healthy one of all types of rice and it including greater health benefits than brown rice.
Black rice is also known as "the forbidden rice" because in ancient times it was forbidden to the common people. Only Chinese rich and royal people had the right to eat this exotic product.
Recently, scientists in Louisiana found that a tablespoon of black rice contains more antioxidants, anthocyanins, fiber and vitamin E than cranberries. Until then, blueberries were considered one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
Compared to blueberries, black rice has another advantage - it contains almost no sugar.
American experts, who have established the beneficial properties of rice, are convinced that producers should add black rice in dry snacks, in some drinks, pastries and even in cakes.
Researchers at Harvard University recently conducted an experiment to study the nutrition of more than 190, 000 men and women. Experts have concluded that if they replace white rice with brown rice every day - even only by 50 grams, they will reduce the risk of type II diabetes by 16%.
It turns out that the color of rice really affects health. Unpolished brown rice raises blood sugar levels much less than white rice. Eating white rice five times a week increases the risk of diabetes by as much as 17%. In other words, white rice has a high glycemic index and this is due to its processing.
Black rice requires much longer heat treatment than white rice. It takes three times longer to cook than other varieties.
The taste of black rice does not differ much from other varieties - it resembles a nut rather than soft rice. The recipe with black and white rice, which is cooked in a ratio of 1 to 3, is very popular.
Black rice is especially suitable for people who adhere to a natural and healthy diet. It has an overall calming effect and is a good dietary food.
It stimulates the gastric functions and restores the balance of trace elements in the blood. Black rice is good for the genitourinary system.