Friday, 19 July 2013

Purple Rice


You may have heard of "Purple Rice" also known as black rice or " the forbidden rice ", but have you ever tried it?
It is way more nutritious then white rice and pretty comparable to brown except for the amazing antioxidant health benefits. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals. Free radical damage our cells and the more abuse our cells get, the sicker we get. 
The purple pigment is from Anthocyanin ( A Flavonoid ), which is what offers the antioxidant benefits. Other foods with Anthocyanin are foods like raspberries, blueberries, eggplant, red grapes & beets. Being a whole grain which naturally contains iron, protein and fiber and the extra benefit of being antioxidant rich, makes it a great choice for healthier eating. 
When I went out for sushi at the coast a few weeks ago, the restaurant was offering purple rice as one of their options. I of course had to try it because I have never seen that option before. It tasted delicious. You know you are eating a whole food for sure. I haven't always substituted brown or now purple rice for all my sushi selections as I find the hardiness of the rice takes away from the delicate taste of some selections that have lots of raw fish in them. However this is a new food item in my pantry. It can replace any other rice choice in any recipe, not just sushi. Sushi just happens to be a little obsession of mine for those who don't know that already. :)
So give it a try from your regular rice choice, you never know you just might like it.

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