August 30, 2010

Black Rice: Your New Source For Antioxidants

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- White rice is delicious, brown rice is nutritious, so where does that leave black rice? According to a new study, it's better for you than a bowl of berries.

"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," Zhimin Xu, Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was quoted as saying.

"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."

Much like blueberries and blackberries alike, "black rice" is rich in anthocyanin antioxidants, substances that show promise for fighting heart disease, cancer and myriad other diseases. Numerous studies showed that these antioxidants can reduce blood levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL).  Xu suggests that food manufacturers could use black rice bran to boost the health value of breakfast cereals, beverages, cakes, cookies, and other foods.

SOURCE: 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society