BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 27 (UPI) — A spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries, U.S. researchers say.
Zhimin Xu of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, La., black rice is one variety of the “Forbidden Rice” in ancient China that was kept by nobles for themselves.
Black rice bran is rich in anthocyanin antioxidants, substances that show promise for fighting heart disease, cancer and other diseases and it may be used by food manufacturers to boost the nutrition of breakfast cereals, beverages, cakes, cookies and other foods, Xu suggests.
“Black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health promoting antioxidants,” Xu says in a statement.
Xu and colleagues analyzed samples of black rice bran from rice grown in the southern United States and found it possesses higher level of anthocyanins antioxidants, which are water-soluble antioxidants.
Black rice bran may be even healthier than brown rice bran, Xu suggests.
Black rice has deep black color and turns deep purple after cooking. It has a high mineral content and like other rice supplies several amino acids.
The findings were presented at the 240th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.
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