Friday, September 3, 2010

Black Rice Is a Healthy Alternative to Blueberries

Looking for a way to increase antioxidants in your diet but balk at the price of blueberries or blackberries? Researchers at a meeting of the American Chemical Society report that black rice is an economical and perhaps even more healthful alternative. "Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants," said Zhimin Xu, Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science, Louisiana State Univ. Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, who reported on the research. Antioxidants have been shown to fight cancer and heart disease and Xu suggests adding black rice bran to cereals and baked goods to increase their disease fighting potential.

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