As Filipinos, we love our fair share of rice. We pair it with appetizing viands; turn it into hearty soups, and even into desserts. White rice is very much part of our culture. A meal is just incomplete without rice and we quickly order an extra cup when paired with great food! “Unli-Rice” has become part of the vernacular.
Lately, one rice variety has been growing in popularity because of its health benefits. Black rice, named as such for its color, has been regarded highly in ancient times and was called the “forbidden rice” in China because it was exclusively reserved for royalty.
But forbidden, it is no longer. Sunnywood Superfoods Corp. paved the way in making available this amazing grain under the brand name Jordan Farms. The company, which started distributing unpolished, healthy rice in the market 20 years ago, had to work hard on convincing supermarkets to pick up the product and make black rice readily available to consumers. To support this, the supplier had to launch a sustained awareness effort to educate the people about the many advantages of consuming black rice. This effort continues even up to this day. *Fortunately, with the prevalence of the internet, good news gets around quickly and people can get useful information using search engines.
Nowadays, health enthusiasts, chefs and the general public alike are embracing black rice. If you still haven’t tried this variety, here are some of the benefits that will convince you to do so:
1, It is rich in antioxidants.
Black rice is known for its high antioxidant properties, with its hull containing the most amount of anthocyanin. Antioxidants help prevent cardiovascular disease, improve brain function, and reduce inflammation. Anthocyanin also keeps free radicals from moving in the body, making it helpful in preventing diabetes and cancer.
In addition, the high antioxidant level of black rice makes it helpful for anti-aging because it helps keep cells healthy. Antioxidant-rich foods aid in slowing down cellular aging and preventing massive cell damage, making it also helpful for diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
2. It helps with weight management.
Unpolished black rice is rich in fiber because of its bran. Though it cannot be entirely associated with weight loss, its high fiber quality helps a lot with weight management. Since our bodies digest fiber slowly, adding black rice to our diets makes us feel fuller for longer periods of time and also curbs cravings. In short, it takes away the “unli-rice” urge!
Protein is very important in trimming down excess weight and building up muscles. Black rice contains 8.5 grams of protein per 100 grams of serving so you get enough to help with weight management if you have been meaning to watch the pounds. Moreover, this rice variety is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
3. It helps the liver.
The liver is one of the body’s biggest organs responsible for regulating our hormones and processing nutrients from the food we eat. Several studies have indicated that introducing black rice into diets can help improve liver health. Results from the studies indicate that black rice can help prevent fatty liver disease and improve blood lipid levels of those who consume it. It also aids in lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels as well.
Jordan Farms Black Rice is sourced from farms that practice organic farming. Sunnywood Superfoods Corp., the company behind the brand, supports farmers and cooperatives that are actively and seriously engaged in the organic farming of rice. This has been one of its mission statements from the beginning. In addition to black rice, the brand also carries the red and brown rice varieties.