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Study Finds High Levels Of Antioxidants In Black Rice

September 6, 2010 by  

Study finds high levels of antioxidants in black rice 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.

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  • Anthony

    A quick google (?) shows articles that run the gambit, including one on depicting how Black Rice might have more fairy-dust than blueberries.. and how does this matter (??)

    What I do know… is that white rice is not nearly as healthy for you as brown rice can be.

    Does this mean the darker rice(s) should be considered more beneficial? Most reports I’ve read say YES. At least, the brown rice seems to be. Making sure it’s not modified in any way for mass sale, is the key in my book.

    One thing seems apparent – black rice might be more plentiful at the market than blueberries, depending on the season.

  • Al Higgins

    It seems my ability to send many of your news worthy articles are becoming my difficult to forward to like minded “thinking” friends.

  • Joe

    I never heard of black rice – but I’m open-minded! I must research a bit first!

  • Sam Rice

    It really is on the local news and all over the internet declaring the benefits of black rice on cancer and diabetes prevention. Black rice has the potential of being widely used on our food. It can make into flour in which from flour comes our bread, cereals and other flour based food. Until somebody makes some flour out of it, we may as well use it as ingredient on our main dish. You may find some great recipes where black rice is used as ingredient here:


    Since the color of the rice the fray regatding anti-oxidants. where in the bumping up line would wild river or paddy rice fit since it is also dark colored????


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