Black Rice: More Antioxidants Than Blueberries

Black rice could be the next super antioxidant food

I'm a big fan of blueberries; I wait for them to come into season in New England and then go nuts.  Sprinkling liberally over cereal in the morning, tossing them into pancake mix, and just eating them as they are.  What's great is that they are super-healthy, loaded with antioxidants, and a great addition to any diet. Now some research comes along that says black rice has more antioxidants than blueberries as well as more fiber and less sugar. The research came from Louisiana State University and their Agricultural Center.  Dr. Zhimin Xu recommends adding it to meals but also suggests the rice bran can be used in processed food to increase its nutritional value. Black rice has a nutty, dense flavor to it.  I've eaten it a few times at fancy restaurants and I'm planning on picking some up on my next trip to the grocery store.  I know it's not something I can just throw on the dinner table; I'm going to have to sneak it in a bit, mix it with veggies or add it to stuffed peppers until my family gets used to the idea. Best of all, it's cheap and readily available year-round.  You'll be able to pick it up in healthier grocery stores like Whole Foods and in your local Asian market. Have you tried black rice?  How do you think it compares to white or brown rice?  Any good recipes to share?  Let us know if you've tried it or if you plan on trying it soon. If you liked this story and would like to read more, please sign up for my newsletter.  Just go to the top of the right hand column and add your email to our list.  Thanks! Lisa

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Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.


4 Responses to Black Rice: More Antioxidants Than Blueberries

  1. Lisa January 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I never knew there was such a thing!

  2. Lisa Johnson January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    It was new to me too, so I thought I’d share :-) L–

  3. Tom January 14, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    There is more info about black rice, just check

  4. Phil Earnhardt January 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Plants have antioxidants because they’re in the sun all day. Antioxidants are often concentrated near the seeds of plants so that neither the seed’s DNA nor the supporting structures are damaged by high-energy wavelengths of light. It’s fascinating to see the diversity of approaches that different plants use to neutralize the damaging light frequencies.

    Humans used to have the ability to synthesize Vitamin C; we lost that ability many years ago because fruits and vegetables were so prevalent in our diet. Scientists have located in our DNA a broken copy of the gene which produces Vitamin C in other animals. The article briefly describes this concept and provides references.

    The first hit of a google search on

    orac “black rice”

    is the paper “Phenolic Profiles and Antioxidant Activity of Black Rice Bran of Different Commercially Available Varieties”. I’ll grab a copy of that paper the next time I go by my local University library.

    A great resource for information about vitamins and antioxidants is the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Their Micronutrient Information Center maintains a set of high-quality papers on a variety of nutrients. Papers are all refreshed regularly with updates from current research ( ). I didn’t see any info about black rice there yet.

    Our grandparents were fond of telling us to eat our fruits and veggies. We’ve known about the profound value of Vitamin C for a while, but the whole world of antioxidants and phytonutrients continues to unfold. Those elders are very wise; science is finally starting to catch up with them.

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