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Black Rice who knew it was so great!!!

Monday, February 08, 2010

I have been eating this stuff for over a year now and always wondered what the difference is from other rices and just about it in general. I eat it as much as 5 times a week with my General Tso's Chicken and just think it is great and ooooooh sooooo flavorful. So just spreading the word about it!

By Kristie Leong MD on September 1st, 2009

The Delightful Health Benefits of Black Rice

Are you looking for a tasty alternative to brown rice? The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of black rice will add interest to any meal. Plus, it has some unique health benefits.

In an effort to eat a healthier diet, some people turn to brown rice as a substitute for white rice. Brown rice is healthier than its overly processed white counterpart since it retains the bran and the germ that’s removed during the processing of white rice. This gives it greater nutritional value and more fiber than standard white rice. Another healthful type of rice that may be less familiar is black rice. Black rice is a heirloom rice cultivated in Asia that was once grown as food for the emperors. True to its name, it appears black when raw, but when cooked it turns a rich purple color that looks quite appealing when spooned onto a dinner plate. But even if purple isn’t your favorite color, you can’t help but be impressed with the health properties this less common, short-grained rice has to offer. What are the health benefits of black rice?

Anthyocyanins
Black rice gets its dark color from the presence of flavonoid pigments known as anthocyanins, plant based pigments with strong antioxidant
properties. Anthocyanins are the same pigments that give many dark red and purple berries such as blackberries, dark cherries, and raspberries their rich color and health benefits. Anthyocyanins are being studied for their role in preventing a variety of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Much of their benefit appears to stem from their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Prevention of Heart Attacks?

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition
in 2008 showed that an extract from black rice in mice helped to prevent progression of atherosclerotic plaques in the main arteries of the heart – the type that would eventually lead to a heart attack. It also lowered lipid components including triglycerides. In fact, black rice extract was found to be as powerful as the prescription drug Simvastatin, a drug used to lower cholesterol levels. This effect arises from the anthocyanins that are so abundant in black rice. Because of the anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering properties of the anthocyanins found in black rice, this tasty grain may help to fend off heart attacks.

Other Health Benefits

Black rice is a good source of minerals, including iron, as well as fiber and has a nutritional profile somewhat similar to brown rice. The presence of anthyocyanins gives it a nutritional edge over brown rice.

The Bottom Line

Black rice, with its pleasing, nutty flavor, is a tasty alternative to less nutritious white rice and provides another healthy alternative to brown rice. It’s more difficult to find than other types of rice, but many health food stores and Oriental markets now offer it. Expect to pay a little more for it than you pay for brown rice, but the extra cost may be worth it.

ADDED:


I just have a microwave rice cooker and a microwave rice setting. I just put the rice cooker on my scale zero it out add 425 grams of black rice and then 850 grams of water then put the lid on place it in my microwave and push "Rice" and come back about a half hour later it is done and then take lid off and stir it and let it steam off for 5 minutes then portion it out into 4 portions for rice at work. Then when reheating it I put about a quarter cup of water in then put it in the microwave for 4 minutes.

I grill up chicken breasts on my grill at home every couple of weeks and portion them out into 9oz. servings all chopped up and put them in in the fridge to cool off and then the next day take them to work and put them in the freezer. If frozen I reheat the rice for 4 minutes if not frozen then 2 minutes.

Once the rice and chicken are heated up I then put the rice on a microwavable plate and then keeping the chicken kinda together put it on top of the rice. I then put 8 tbsp of General Tao's sauce on(Either from Iron Chef or from Mikee's sauces, Mikees has half the calories of Iron Chef and is not a s sweet). So this coats the top of the chicken then I add crushed red pepper and then place it back in the microwave for a minute and a half to get the sauce to glaze into the chicken.

I then take it out of the microwave and spread the chicken out over the rice as even as I can and add more crushed red pepper to my taste needs. I have been eating this for over 2 years every day for lunch at work and have been using the black rice now for about a year and like it better than any other rice.

Be careful though it can stain your fingers and dishes for a time. It is also called "Forbidden Rice" or "Emperor's Rice" and can be found in most grocery store but is always cheaper in Asian food stores or online if shipping isn't to much.

I hear it is good with many things. Saw Duff on Ace of Cakes use it in an episode where he made a desert out of it, he bought it at the store under the name "Forbidden Rice". I have also been told that this or sweet black rice is used in China on top of ice cream.

It is a sticky rice so it does just that sticks not falls apart like white rice. It does have a nutty taste and smells great when cooking. So give it a try and let me know what you think.

Added 2-23-2010

Lotus foods makes it under the name "Forebidden Rice" but it is a little pricey at $5 a pound. If you have an asian market you can go to or sometimes a world food market they sell it as well and for about $2 a pound. Black Glutinous Rice is what you are looking for, not Sweet Black Rice(which is also good and good for you just has more carbs) or Black Wild Rice(Again good for you but not the same taste and nutritional values as regular black rice.

Lotus Food Link:
www.worldpantry.com/cgi-
bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisp
lay?prmenbr=127574&prrfnbr=146780


NEW 4/28/14
Cooking black rice in the microwave. I use a microwave rice cooker fromMagic Chef and I put 1.5 times the water in as ask for, so if it says a cup I put a cup and a half in. I also cook it twice, being my microwave has a "RICE" button so I let it cook once fully on this setting take it out stir it and then cook it again on this setting fully again. Takes of course twice as long but works for me. Also when I reheat cooked black rice I add a little water (tablespoon or 2). I have found I can keep precooked black rice in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks sealed. Hope this helps :)
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  • KSIGMA1222
    Cooking black rice in the microwave. I use a microwave rice cooker fromMagic Chef and I put 1.5 times the water in as ask for, so if it says a cup I put a cup and a half in. I also cook it twice, being my microwave has a "RICE" button so I let it cook once fully on this setting take it out stir it and then cook it again on this setting fully again. Takes of course twice as long but works for me. Also when I reheat cooked black rice I add a little water (tablespoon or 2). I have found I can keep precooked black rice in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks sealed. Hope this helps :)
    1943 days ago
  • SASSYBLONDE69
    Thank you for the details on cooking it in the microwave. If I wanted to cook smaller portions, do you know the conversion for the measurements? I've been trying to find instructions to cook it in the microwave for a while now, and couldn't find them anywhere!
    1944 days ago
  • ALYFITN
    Hey--Your habit is a great idea! I'm cooking black rice now for the first time. Ran across your page on my search of how to cook it.
    3252 days ago
  • WILMABEAL
    oh buy the way purple is my favorite color! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3286 days ago
  • WILMABEAL
    WOW i have never seen black rice. lol I've heard of forbidden fruit never the rice.Thanks so much for sharing now to track it down.hehe emoticon
    3286 days ago
  • S318830
    Your microwave has a rice setting? I bow down to your microwave.
    3446 days ago
  • LORING102466
    Your recipe sounds good and something different to try for lunch or dinner. Thanks for sharing. I had never heard of black rice before.
    3462 days ago
  • 4CAROLINE1
    My kids love black rice with a couple cans of tuna and one can of crm of mushroom soup baked. Quick, easy, kid and Dad friendly caserole for the nights that I work. The first time I had it in Duluth, I fell in love!
    3466 days ago
  • NEWGIRL20101
    Thanks for the infromation on this . God Bless you and keep on keeping on in good health
    3468 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    emoticon for shating Greg- I've never heard of it!!
    Learn something new every day
    emoticon
    3469 days ago
  • CAWESTY
    Sounds delish. Thanks for including all the good info. I can't wait to try it.

    emoticon
    3471 days ago
  • PONDERTHIS
    Thanks for this great info on black rice. I made a rice pudding with it back in the old days - meaning a couple of years ago. It was so-so. I am very glad to be reminded of it, and appreciate your including the details of how you make the chicken dish with it. The rice really does come out purple when cooked. emoticon
    3471 days ago
  • OTTAWABOUND
    Thanks for the reminder and extra nutritional info--I used to cook it quite often when I lived in Vancouver, but I've gotten out to the habit since I moved to Ottawa.
    3472 days ago
  • NEWLIBRARIAN
    Hmmm! I have seen this at the Asian Market I sometimes visit but didn't purchase it because the black color kind of put me off. I bought a bag of red rice instead which is a dark mahogany color because the lable said it had more fiber than plain brown. It also takes longer to cook than plain brown. About 45 minutes. I kind of like it though. It is amore a long grain rice and not sticky.
    I now have a few rice blends with some black rice in them and Don't really notice it. I will have to make a point of getting and trying some now that I know more about it.
    Great informative blog.
    3472 days ago
  • KATIEGLEN012
    Thanks for taking the time to inform us about this black rice. I'll definitely look for it at the health food store and the next time I get to the Asian market!

    I like your idea of eating the same thing at lunch. I have been toying with the idea of making one of my meals the same every day. I was thinking about breakfast...but actually lunch is my most difficult meal...I absolutely hate packing one!!!! Making it and then freezing it at work is a terrific idea. I could do this easily...and only think about it once a week. SparkPeople is amazing...I always get a solution to my problem...and I never know where it will be coming from. Thanks for me my inspiration today!
    3473 days ago
  • RUNNINGREENGIRL
    (thanks for mentioning this!)
    3475 days ago
  • DOXIELADY52
    Never heard of black rice but I do know an international food store nearby and I will be on the look out. Since it turns purple when you cook it I might even be able to get my twenty something son to try it. He has a thing for purple. Go figure. emoticon emoticon
    3479 days ago
  • WOLFKITTY
    Hmm, wow! Thanks for the info!
    Jocelyn
    3482 days ago
  • KSGROTHE
    I had never heard of black rice before!

    emoticon for sharing!

    - Karen
    3482 days ago
  • KSIGMA1222
    Asian Markets and most of the larger grocery stores, also called Forbidden Rice and Emperor's Rice. Online as well. Also the Mikee General Tao's Sauce I found at Kosher.com.
    3483 days ago
  • SASSYBLONDE69
    I never tried this, but I am so going to look for it! I love trying new things while hubby's away! lol
    3483 days ago
  • FELIXC
    Never seen this before, Greg, thank you for the information!


    3483 days ago
  • AMBULATOR
    I had no idea this existed. My wife and I eat a lot of rice and are always trying to mix things up. I think we're going to give it a go.
    3483 days ago
  • KRISCHICK
    I've eaten the black "wild rice" but never true black rice. Where do you get yours?
    3483 days ago
  • RENLA6991
    I love black rice! I usually buy it in place of brown rice. I didn't know the health benefits. Your General Tso's Chicken recipe sounds easy & delicious. Thanks for sharing!
    3483 days ago
  • ELSEEBEE
    This sounds wonderful! I will definitely be on the lookout for it and will have to try it. I thought my purple sweet potatoes looked spectacular at Thanksgiving and now rice! Who knew?
    3483 days ago
  • ~INDYGIRL
    I definitely have to try this!
    3483 days ago
  • KRZYKAT3
    Sounds good, thanks for putting out the word.
    3483 days ago
  • GRAMVICKI
    I also have never seen or heard of black rice before now. When I first read your heading I thought it said black beans until I read the first full sentence. I will have to check this out. We use brown rice for most everything but the black sounds even more healthy.

    Thanks,

    Vick
    i
    3483 days ago
  • KSIGMA1222
    I just have a microwave rice cooker and a microwave rice setting. I just put the rice cooker on my scale zero it out add 425 grams of black rice and then 850 grams of water then put the lid on place it in my microwave and push "Rice" and come back about a half hour later it is done and then take lid off and stir it and let it steam off for 5 minutes then portion it out into 4 portions for rice at work. Then when reheating it I put about a quarter cup of water in then put it in the microwave for 4 minutes.

    I grill up chicken breasts on my grill at home every couple of weeks and portion them out into 9oz. servings all chopped up and put them in in the fridge to cool off and then the next day take them to work and put them in the freezer. If frozen I reheat the rice for 4 minutes if not frozen then 2 minutes.

    Once the rice and chicken are heated up I then put the rice on a microwavable plate and then keeping the chicken kinda together put it on top of the rice. I then put 8 tbsp of General Tao's sauce on(Either from Iron Chef or from Mikee's sauces, Mikees has half the calories of Iron Chef and is not a s sweet). So this coats the top of the chicken then I add crushed red pepper and then place it back in the microwave for a minute and a half to get the sauce to glaze into the chicken.

    I then take it out of the microwave and spread the chicken out over the rice as even as I can and add more crushed red pepper to my taste needs. I have been eating this for over 2 years every day for lunch at work and have been using the black rice now for about a year and like it better than any other rice.

    Be careful though it can stain your fingers and dishes for a time. It is also called "Forbidden Rice" or "Emperor's Rice" and can be found in most grocery store but is always cheaper in Asian food stores or online if shipping isn't to much.

    I hear it is good with many things. Saw Duff on Ace of Cakes use it in an episode where he made a desert out of it, he bought it at the store under the name "Forbidden Rice". I have also been told that this or sweet black rice is used in China on top of ice cream.

    It is a sticky rice so it does just that sticks not falls apart like white rice. It does have a nutty taste and smells great when cooking. So give it a try and let me know what you think. emoticon
    3483 days ago
  • MJMEISSN
    I love black rice. A friend of mine in my yoga class brought me some of this a couple of months ago. It was perfect timing as I am eliminating all things "white" from my diet and that of my husband's. My husband is not a fan of brown rice, but he does enjoy the black rice. I don't know how you prepare it, but I simmer the rice in liquid for about an hour ( 2 parts liquid to 1 part rice). It comes out so creamy - kind of like risoto.
    3483 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    How strange to come across this Blog tonight - I have a Korean houseguest who was telling us at dinner that his family has rice at every meal - white, brown and black - but his English is not good enough yet to tell us about the healthy attributes of black rice or its flavour.

    I shall have to have a look for it at the Asian Market in the week.
    3483 days ago
  • MUSICLVR2675
    emoticon Very informative! Thanks for sharing, I had no idea! I've seen it at the grocery store but knowing nothing about it have always passed it up. Now I'll have to try it!
    emoticon
    3483 days ago
  • MOMALDERMAN1
    Thanks for this information. I never would have tried black rice without knowing the nutritional benefit. Where have you found black rice? I am ready to go buy some and taste the difference. emoticon
    3483 days ago
  • MJPATRI
    Very interesting. I don't know that I have ever seen black rice at the grocery store. I'll have to look for it.

    Thanks.
    3483 days ago
  • DEVRIES51
    I have not seen or heard of black rice but I will be on the look-out for it from now on. Thanks for the heads up!! emoticon
    3483 days ago
  • TIFFANIE150
    So, please share! :) I've never tried it before, but would be interested. What are some good ways to prepare it? emoticon
    3483 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Very interesting indeed and now you have piqued my interest. THANK YOU!
    3483 days ago
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