It’s pretty special.
Originating from Asia, Black Rice is rumoured in Ancient China as once having been a forbidden food that only the Emperor and the Royal Family could eat. It was so highly valued for its potential to provide superior health benefits that those who dared to eat it without consent would be punished.
While removing the outer layer during the process of making white rice causes nutrient loss, Black Rice exceptionally maintains its layers to ensure the preservation of anthocyanin antioxidants that explain its unique purple and dark red colour. In addition to its abundance of antioxidants, this high-quality grain is filled with nutrients including protein, fibre and iron.
How’s it good for me?
It’s hard to believe that one food could have so many benefits but that’s why it’s a super food. The special anthocyanin antioxidants found in black rice are commonly linked with improving memory and lessening the risk of heart disease and several types of cancer. And since it’s so high in iron, protein and fibre, this energy booster assists in preventing fatigue and weariness while proving great for your metabolism as it’s both gluten and wheat free, non-genetically modified and is remarkably 99% fat free.
And thankfully you no longer have to be an Emperor or a Royal to eat this alluring grain, but you do need to know where to look.
So where can I get it?
Australian supplier Forbidden Foods exclusively supply black rice to selected retailers. Among these is popular Mexican restaurant Zambrero, which is currently the only fast food franchise with black rice on the menu. But who ever said that Mexican food can’t be delicious and nutritious?
Zambrero approach flavour and nutrition head-on to bring you vibrant combinations that’ll make your stomach smile. Their classic Black Rice Powerbowl teams the two super foods of black rice with amaranth seeds which are both high in protein, fibre and are gluten-free and through this combination, they make the ultimate muscle meal in providing you with over 50 per cent of your recommended daily protein intake and eight essential vitamins and minerals including magnesium, iron and loads more. And if you’re a vegetarian, you can order a bowl with double rice, bean and guacamole or if you simply want to mix it up, treat yourself to a delicious black rice salad.
Like what you hear? Well wait until you taste it! Check out your local Zambrero restaurant for a Black Rice meal your body will thank you for. We dare you.