When discussing nutritional foods, rice is often times taken out of the equation as white rice is mainly considered; and considerably, white rice is comparatively higher in carbs and lesser in nutrients. However, white rice is not the only option out there.
Brown, black, and red rice are all healthier options that are all packed with nutrients.
Organic Red Rice is a type of unpolished rice which has higher nutritional value compared to white and brown. Red rice, also known as Oryza Punctate, is a unique rice that has a red husk due to a component called anthocyanin. It is mainly cultivate in Tropical Africa, South Africa, and parts of Asia. This rice comes in difference shades of red and has the average size ranging from 3.07-4.01mm (length) and 1.05-2.01mm (width).
Typically, red rice can be found on shelves, referred to as “Bhutanese Red Rice” or “Cargo Rice”. Sometimes, Red Rice can be mistaken for Basmati Rice if the Red Rice is without the husk.
Red rice is grown in environmentally healthier environments, with little to no chemicals or pesticides involved, ensuring the health of the land and grains! It is jampacked with antioxidants that protect the body from any damage. Red Rice is know to be rich in the below essential nutrients, making it the ideal grain for your meal:
Red Rice has 68.75% Iron
Red Rice has 66.69% Carbohydrate
Red Rice has 30% Zinc
Red Rice has 14% Protein
Red Rice has 14% Fat
Red Rice has 7.11% Fiber
Red Rice has 5.45% Potassium
Health benefits of organic red rice:
The antioxidants and magnesium in Red Rice strengthens immunity and aid in controlling diabetes.
Red/Brown Rice is full of zinc, a mineral that helps accelerate wound healing and maintains the body’s defense mechanisms to function effectively.
Vitamin B6 is require to help balance the development of serotonin, and aids red blood cells, helping create more DNA cells.
The magnesium in Red Rice protects against asthma.
The fiber in Organic Red Rice helps improve digestion.
The high levels of fiber and bran in Organic Red Rice will keep you full and energetic longer.
The bran in Organic Red Rice reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Calcium and magnesium in Organic Red Rice helps prevent arthritis and osteoporosis.
How to cook organic red rice:
Make sure to soak the rice for a minimum of an hour before cooking.
Rinse the rice thoroughly before soaking.
To Add water into a pan with a 1:4 ratio – 4 cups of water for 1 cup of Rice.
Add a pinch of salt and allow the water to come to a boil.
Add in the Rice and allow the water to boil down on medium-high.
Once the water boils down, cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook on low for an additional 20 minutes.
Keep the rice covered for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Uncover, fluff with a fork, serve, and enjoy!