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Forbidden Rice? How Watermelon Heals

“Forbidden” Black Rice Rivals Blueberries in AntioxidantsBlueberries are well known for their high antioxidant levels and disease-fighting properties, but the king of berries has a fairly short season and can be expensive, so health-conscious consumers looking for an antioxidant-rich food might want to consider black rice. Just a spoonful of black rice bran (black rice is never hulled and comes with all its bran layers intact) contains more health-promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries, as well as its having less sugar, more fiber, and more vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant. “If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran?” asks a researcher at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. The scientists also showed that pigments in the bran of black rice can produce a variety of different colors, ranging from pink to black, and may provide a healthier alternative to the artificial food colorants that manufacturers add to foods and beverages to make them look more attractive. In ancient China …

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