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The black rice (not the glutinous black rice) also known as "forbidden rice" is a range of rice type. It has an interesting history.
Once upon a time when China was ruled by an emperor, black rice was only allowed to be consumed by emperor due to its high nutritional value. This is how it got its name "forbidden rice" because it is only reserved to serve the emperor, and it was forbidden elsewhere. Due to the restricted demand, this "forbidden rice" is only planted in very low amounts. With the popularity of white rice varieties, black rice has nearly disappeared at one point.
Although it is now available for everyone to consume, the supply is still relatively low, in comparison to white rice and brown rice.
You should be wondering what exactly is this "forbidden rice". Here are some facts about it.
In western study
In traditional chinese medicine approach
There are different varieties of rice, with white rice being the most common one. Brown rice is white rice before it's processed. The outside bran is intact, thus it preserve its fiber, mineral and vitamins. It also contains omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids. It has higher content in fiber and nutrition than white rice because white rice has been stripped off its nutrients during the process of removing the outer bran.
If you have switched from white rice to brown rice to increase the nutrition value in your diet, you have made a good choice. It you are looking to further improve the quality of your diet, consider adding or mixing some portion of black rice into your whole grain meal.
Here is the partial comparison of nutritional value.
The Nutritional Value Per 1/3 Cup Serving
|Ingredients||Black Rice||Brown Rice|
Nature's Earthly Choice All Natural 100% Whole Grain Black Rice
Chinese Black Rice, 1 lb.
Village Harvest Heirloom Chinese Black Rice - 4 Lb/64 Oz
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