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Asian Rice Variety Offers Healthier, Cheaper Alternative To Blueberries

August 26, 2010: 11:43 AM EST
U.S. researchers report that Chinese black rice bran is much richer in heart disease-fighting anthocyanin antioxidants than fresh blueberries and blackberries, and are much cheaper. A spoonful of black rice bran contains more antioxidants - including vitamin E - less sugar and more fiber than a spoonful of blueberries, researchers say. Food manufacturers could use black rice bran to enhance the health value of breakfast cereals, beverages, cakes, cookies, and other foods. The lipid soluble antioxidants found in black rice bran contain higher levels of water-soluble anthocyanin antioxidants than brown rice bran, which is considered much healthier than white rice. Black rice is used mainly in Asia for food decoration, noodles, sushi, and pudding.
Zhimin Xu, "Black Rice Rivals Pricey Blueberries as Source of Healthful Antioxidants", Presentation, national meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 26, 2010, © American Chemical Society
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