Black Rice: Low-Cost Grain Packs Bigger Antioxidant Punch than Blueberries

New research shows that black rice packs a bigger antioxidant punch even than blueberries, which have long been celebrated as antioxidant powerhouses.

And that’s not the only advantage of the little-known grain.

“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,” researcher Dr. Zhimin Xu, associate professor of food science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, said in a written statement.

Black rice also costs less than blueberries or blackberries, another antioxidant-rich fruit.

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