Red Rice, Black Rice, Brown Rice, Gluten Free
is the way to go for a nutritious good tasting meal It is interesting that different types of rice have different health qualities. I remember when I was growing up we had only white rice in the pantry. That was it. Over the years, I have found many different colors of rice and every time I look at the recipes and taste the dishes it is clear to me I was definitely deprived as a child. Not only do they have distinctive flavors but also their nutritional value, Gluten free, provides another avenue of trying these great grain products.
Red rice is high in nutritional value and has a nutty flavor. It is cooked and eaten like regular rice and is called red yeast rice. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Individuals eating portions of red yeast rice for a few months have lowered their cholesterol levels. It is high in fiber, and the flavor is much stronger than that of hulled rice. The hull is the outer layer surrounding the rice grain while it is growing. When it is harvested, the hull is removed and we have the grain inside. Red rice can be eaten on its own or served with a variety of foods. It is often mixed into risotto and other mixed rice recipes.
Red rice is cooked the same as Brown rice. Rinse and drain the rice before cooking. Pour the red rice and water into the saucepan. Use one cup of rice to two and 1/4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover and turn the temperature to low. Simmer the rice for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand covered for five minutes. If you have a rice cooker follow the directions as to cook brown rice.
Black rice is of different color and taste then other rice grains and is high in fiber. It can also be beneficial in protection against inflammation. It has been referred to as one of those super foods. Black rice has strong antioxidants. As we know about antitoxins, they help prevent heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. They are also present in many anti-aging products and fight high cholesterol levels. The magical thing about Black Rice is that it can do all of this without any harmful side effects such as those that you might find in current prescriptions available from your physician.
Black rice cooks a little differently than red or brown rice. There is a great recipe for cooking the black rice in the oven. Take two cups of boiling water and pour it over 1 cup of black rice. Add ½ tsp of salt and other flavorings you wish. Cover the baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. You can add other colored rice’s to the black rice for a great meal.
Brown rice is a good source of manganese for women. Just one cup provides us with 88% of the daily-required value of manganese.Manganese has been shown to reduce the severity of asthma, reduce frequency of migraines, reduce heart attack and stroke, and has had an effect on lowering high blood pressure.
When cooking brown rice use 2 1/4 cups of water per 1 cup of rice. There are a lot of great recipes for brown rice. One recipe I love to make is the Sweet and Sour Pork recipe served over brown rice.
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