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‘Forbidden’ Black Rice Is Taking Over Instagram, And You Definitely Need to Try It

This whole grain isn’t just pretty—it’s also a nutritional powerhouse.

Have you ever tried forbidden rice before?

Rice isn’t known for being a particularly eye-catching ingredient, but black rice (also known as forbidden rice) is in a league of its own. The purple-black grains are mesmerizing, especially when they’re paired with brightly colored foods like mango or watermelon radish, and there’s a good chance they’ve caught your eye on Instagram or Pinterest.

First, what is forbidden rice?

Despite the name, there’s nothing scary or mystical about forbidden rice. It’s just a type of rice with a black or brown outermost layer instead of the usual tan or brown. The color comes from anthocyanins—the same family of antioxidants found in other foods with a similar hue like blueberries and blackberries. And like brown rice, forbidden rice is a whole grain.

Some Asian cultures traditionally use it in desserts, but forbidden rice doesn’t taste particularly sweet by itself. Its mild, nutty flavor is right at home in savory grain bowls, salads, or as a simple side dish.

See Instagram photos of ‘blackrice‘ (Chakhao) hashtag.

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Happy Try Something New Tuesday Instafam. This week it’s all about black rice. The powerful properties of this rice are endless. It is one of the superfoods you may have never tried before. Boasting more antioxidants, protein and iron than any other type of rice, black rice is truly the king of all rices 👑 👑 👑 It’s black-purple color tells us that it is naturally high in anthocyanins, which is an antioxidant. It is also amazing for the heart and was found to reduce plaque formation in the arteries which reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease! Below is some important info about cooking rice: Rice like any other grain can be enjoyed in moderation. Researchers found that some rice contains the heavy metal arsenic. To avoid low-level arsenic poisoning from rice, cook it in six to 10 parts water per one part rice. U.K. researchers also found cooking rice in a coffee pot reduces arsenic by up to 85 percent! Ready to add black rice to your next meal? I bet you’ll love it!

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