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Black rice

I started eating black rice (it’s actually purple) even though rice, generally, isn’t one of my favored foods.  I have to say, it tastes good, sort of a meaty-nutty flavor. The one drawback to making this rice (You toss it in a pan and bowl it, very simple) is that it leaves a purple stain and spills need be too cleaned up right away.  

Black rice, also known as purple rice or forbidden rice, is a kind of sticky rice, which is one of several black colored heirloom plants producing rice variants such as Indonesian black rice and Thai Jasmine Black Rice.  Black rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, anthocyanin, and several important vitamins.

 The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste.  In China, black rice is claimed to be good for kidney, stomach and liver these claims have not been independently verified or established.

Its dark purple color is primarily due to its anthocyanin content, but the anthocyanin content in black rice is significantly lower than blue, pink or purple corn.

A new study has found that black rice has  higher levels of antioxidants, referred to as anthocyanins, than do blueberries. The study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), showed that one spoonful of black rice bran contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries; better yet, black rice offers more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants, but less sugar.

Anthocyanin antioxidants have been linked with a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and other western diseases; such diseases are apparently associated with low intake of vegetables and high intake of sugar and meats in the West, according to previous studies.

Eating black rice has been linked to marked decreases in risk of heart disease and cancer. High blood pressure, circulation and overall blood health also seems to be maintained well by those who add Black Rice to their diet. Because this special type of rice is considered to be anti-inflammatory and a great source of antioxidants, it may be useful in avoiding long term problems like Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.

 Here's a dish I made: Mix black rice with ground turkey and one can of crushed tomato's, cook and then stuff in a pepper and bake with tomato sauce


Due to Gall bladder problems that are probably related to my weight problem, I take Peppermint extract, an herbal extract of peppermint (Mentha x piperita) made from the essential oils of peppermint leaves.  The liquid is collected by extracting the oils from dried or fresh leaves and the flowering tops of the plant using alcohol.
Peppermint extract is commonly used to soothe symptoms of the common cold and the flu, and as a digestive aid which may relieve bloating and flatulence. It may also be used to aid in the relief of pain from menstrual cramp and tension headaches.  Additionally, peppermint extract is believed to have antiviral and medicinal properties which may help in the treatment of herpes and the disintegration of gallstones.