Forbidden Rice is a black rice that looks like a really dark purple. It’s loaded with anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that have to do with the color of food. Anthocyanins help protect our bodies from the onslaught of free-radicals trying to do damage to our cells and cause us problems especially as we age.
Black rice is a whole grain rice so you get all the parts of the grain; the bran, the germ and the endosperm. All three parts of the grain are important to our health because they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. We recommend everyone eat 5 to 7 servings of whole grains daily.
Black rice has a little more protein than traditional brown rice. In a 1/3 cup of dry rice you get 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. This rice also has a 123% of your daily value of manganese, and it’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, and molybdenum.
Lotus Foods’ Organic Forbidden Rice is grown organically on many small farms in Northeast China where it’s really cold. We like this dark rice with stir-fries or with a salad. It adds great texture and flavor. You can also add some milk and cinnamon to leftovers for a great snack or even breakfast!