The Forbidden Grain

forbidden black rice

Black rice, also known as forbidden rice is a range of rice types, some of which are glutinous rice (not in the sense of containing gluten). Varieties include but are not limited to Indonesian black rice and Thai jasmine black rice. Black rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, and several important vitamins. The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste.

According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it.  It was proclaimed as a ‘superfood’ worldwide largely thanks to an important piece of research by Dr. Zhimin Xu, titled “Black rice rivals pricey blueberries as source of healthful antioxidants”.  The research stated that “just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants”.

Chef Lynne GigliottiForbidden rice is also rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered a blood tonifier.  This rice provides the richest nutritional value, providing a higher level of vitamins, mineral and fiber of any bran rice, as well as comprehensive range of amino acids, proteins, vegetable fats and essential trace elements needed by the body.  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Chef Lynne Gigliotti will be giving a demonstration on how to incorporate black rice as part of a healthy diet

Chef and author Lynne Gigliotti is one of only six women chef instructors at the Culinary Institute of America. A CIA graduate with a passion for sustainable agriculture and seafood, Chef Gigliotti has owned and operated a restaurant, retail space, and catering kitchen, as well as serving on the advisory panel for Whole Foods Market in Atlanta, GA. She has made multiple appearances on the Food TV Network, as well as competing on Top Chef DC in 2010

Learning about nutritious new foods is a great way improve our health and wellbeing, so come to the Expo and benefit from this wonderful information


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