Black rice is the new brown rice – Benefits of black rice

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You’ve been told to switch from white rice to brown rice to get more fiber and nutrients. 

Now, there’s another type of rice to think about… that’s black rice.

Health expert Karen Owoc told KRON 4’s Marty Gonzalez that health-conscious shoppers should consider black rice.

Karen says it is a whole grain and more nutritious than brown rice. It has more fiber content, protein, fewer calories and nutrients. Karen says Anthocyanins are plant purple/blue pigments, the same pigments that give blueberries, purple grapes, plums, tart cherries, and beets their color and health benefits.

These purple/blue pigments have anti-inflammatory effects and protect against carcinogens. They may help prevent heart disease (Compared to white rice, black rice decreased Atherosclerotic plaque formation by 50% in rabbits.)

A study showed that a spoonful of black rice bran contains more Anthocyanins than a spoonful of blueberries. Scientists are finding that rice contains arsenic, a heavy metal.

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that’s present in soil or water due to minerals in the earth and can eventually end up in food, drinking water, and wine.

A study out of Harvard found no increased cancer risk from long-term consumption of rice (eating five or more servings of white or brown rice a week) in U.S. men and women.

Cooking Tips to Reduce Arsenic Content: Cook rice like pasta In 6 parts water per 1 part rice (6:1). This drastically reduces arsenic levels by 40% as arsenic is water-soluble.

The Takeaway: If you really like rice, choose black for its unique health benefits, and avoid eating rice grown In Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and China (due to higher levels of arsenic).

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