Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:38:12 GMT

Black rice or 'forbidden rice' more nutritious than other superfoods

Black rice, revered in ancient China, could be the greatest 'superfood'. Low in sugar, the grain is packed with healthy fibre and plant compounds that combat heart disease and cancer, say experts.


Black rice or 'forbidden rice' more nutritious than other superfoods

Scientists from Louisiana State University analysed samples of bran from black rice grown in the southern US and found it boosted levels of water-soluble anthocyanin antioxidants, reports the Daily Mail.

Anthocyanins impart dark hues to fruits and vegetables, which includes blueberries and red peppers and also turn rice 'black'.

Research suggests that anthocyanins, which mop up harmful molecules, can help protect arteries and prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer.

Food scientist Zhimin Xu said: "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 fibre and vitamin E antioxidants."

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