Move aside berries, black rice has just been shown to be the better source of antioxidants, without all the natural sugar.
Researchers at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, La. reported to the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that the relatively unknown black rice is an excellent source of antioxidants. “Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants,” said Zhimin Xu, of┬á LSU, who reported on the findings. “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.” Black rice is used in some parts of Asia for pudding, decoration, sushi and noodles. With this new research into the health benefits of black rice, U.S. farmers are likely to start growing and using it as well.