When planning to incorporate more antioxidants into your diet, I bet the first thing that pops into your head is, "Gotta eat more berries." Makes perfect sense as berries have become the go-to food we've been hearing and reading about for a good while in the MSM. Interestingly, a new rival appears to be emerging, and from a previously "forbidden" source too: Black rice.
Called the "forbidden rice" by Chinese nobles in ancient times who hogged it for themselves, black rice may be a cheaper alternative that contains more anthocyanin antioxidants in a spoonful than a comparable amount of blueberries, but with more fiber and less sugar.
Although it's used primarily to make noodles, pudding, sushi and food decorations in Asia, LSU researchers believe food markets could use black rice bran not only as a potentially far safer substitute for artificial food colorings (some of which have been linked to cancer), but a healthy additive to baked goods, beverages and cereals.
Learn about the important reasons to include more antioxidants in your daily diet by reading our latest newsletter feature, Immune System Health and Support: The Importance of Antioxidants.
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