Black rice is a healthy alternative to white
Who doesn’t like rice? I haven’t met such people yet)) So my eldest son is ready to eat rice three times a day! However, I try to replace white rice with black, or wild. In China, it was also called forbidden: only she had the right to eat this rice, for the common people it was forbidden.
There are a lot of varieties of rice grains! Most of us are accustomed to traditional white rice. And if other varieties of this cereal – brown, brown, basmati – are even remotely known to us, then black or wild rice most often causes surprise and genuine interest, since it is not so often found in local stores.
Black rice is cultivated in the US state of Minnesota – this is the world’s largest exporter of this product. Growing and harvesting this annual plant is labor intensive.
Grains of cultivated black rice may have chocolate brown or charcoal black (the shade depends on the maturity and processing of the grains), and they are thin and oblong in shape.
Black rice is cooked much longer than the usual white – from 40 minutes to an hour, during which time it acquires a purple hue. Most often it is used as a side dish or filling, added to soup, snacks, salads, desserts.
Wild rice differs from white in composition with an exotic sweetish flavor, light nutty aroma and, most importantly, in composition, I want to tell about its useful properties.
Black rice contains:
Vitamins of group B, A, E, K, H, PP, C. 150 g of wild rice contains almost the entire daily norm of folic acid (B9).
Antioxidants. Their number in wild rice allows you to put it on a par with blueberries, natural red wine, red grapes, strawberries, red cabbage.
Minerals: iodine, copper, fluorine, potassium, magnesium, manganese, boron, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, sulfur, silicon, nickel, glands).
Vital amino acids (18 items).
Plant fibers (fiber).
In 100 g of cooked wild rice, only 105 kcal.
Health Benefits of Black Rice
Improves the functioning of the nervous system.
Important for the prevention of cancer.
Slows down aging.
It makes vessels elastic, strengthens arteries and capillaries, cleanses the blood of toxins, toxins, cholesterol.
Prevents heart disease.
Helps relieve pressure.
It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Helps restore the body after illness, exhaustion, childbirth, operations.
Normalizes the adrenal glands.
Strengthens the visual system.
It contains little sodium, excess leads to diseases of the cardiovascular system, high blood pressure.
Supports the muscular system.
Eliminates puffiness, beneficial effect on the kidneys and bladder, helps with diseases of the genitourinary system.
Good effect on the gastrointestinal tract, normalizes digestion.
Strengthens hair, prevents early graying.
Beneficial effect on the brain.
Normalizes metabolic processes.
Allergy sufferers are allowed as they are among the hypoallergenic products.
Supports the skeletal system, reducing the risk of fractures.
Some black rice cooking tips
Firstly, before boiling wild rice, it is advisable to soak the night in cool water. In the morning, drain the water, pour the rice into boiling water (1: 3 ratio), bring to a boil and boil over low heat for at least 45-60 minutes. Ready rice will increase three to four times. After that, reduce the heat and let it stand for about 15 minutes without stirring.
Secondly, after boiling black rice, the white pan may stain. Consider this fact when choosing dishes.
Thirdly, wild rice goes well with sesame seeds, tamari (soy sauce), nuts and legumes, and serves as an ideal side dish for vegetables, meat, fish or the basis for snacks and salad.