You’ve heard of the ‘forbidden fruit.’ We all know the story, but have you heard about the one forbidden food that has more nutritional benefits than its more well-known counterparts? Chances are, you haven’t.
Forbidden black rice just may be one of the healthiest foods available. Chock-full of benefits each and every person on earth needs, these small grains pack a mean punch and can mean the difference between a healthy gut and one that’s working against you.
Long ago, black rice was reserved for those in power like Chinese Emperors and their royal families. It was believed to have healing qualities, and only those deemed worthy could benefit from it. Now, this once hidden gem is available to the masses.
While many of us have learned by now that Brown rice is healthier than white rice – a simple carbohydrate that wreaks havoc on our blood sugar levels. Researchers tell us that black rice is the best option if nutritional benefits are what you’re after. Compared to white and brown rice, black rice has fewer calories and more protein. It’s rich in antioxidants. So rich, it has been compared to the benefits of eating blueberries and have proved to be much more nutritionally beneficial to our bodies. This is due to black rice having far less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E than blueberries. It’s also considerably more affordable. What’s not to love about that?
Researchers have found that black rice may be effective in decreasing skin inflammation, which could have a considerable impact on disease processes from autoimmune diseases to cancers and is now used in weight management studies. Some studies even suggest that black rice has heart healthy benefits, decreasing the risk of hardening of the arteries or plaque build up. It may help with liver function, cognitive impairment, and have anti-cancer effects because it contains the one thing other foods don’t contain – anthocyanins, which help protect the body from free radical damage, which leads to cancer.
With all the potential health benefits touted, there is no reason to avoid eating this once forbidden delicacy. Including it in your healthy eating plan can only make you healthier.
With no known side effects, no studies indicating adverse effects at all, the least you could do is incorporate this super food into your weekly meal plan and see for yourself what it does. At the very least, it will help you feel full faster and will sustain you while you go about your daily activities. There’s nothing wrong with that.
By Davide Castellano