Black rice may not be the first thing that health-conscious consumers think of when they are looking for a food that is packed with antioxidants. However, a recent study revealed that the rice may be more nutritious than traditional superstars from the plant world like blueberries.
Researchers from Louisiana State University said that, in addition to high levels antioxidants, black rice may have other benefits compared to many fruits. It is high in fiber and low in sugar. Professor Zhimin Xu, who led the study, said that this makes the rice variety an ideal health food.
"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," he said.
He added that it would be especially beneficial for makers of breakfast cereals, cakes, cookies and beverages to begin using black rice bran. This could help individuals increase their intake of healthful antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.