Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon with Forbidden Rice

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That sounds good and all, but what is forbidden rice, exactly? I'm so glad you asked! 😏 

If the rice family had a popularity contest, let's just say that forbidden rice wouldn't be walking up on stage with the prom king. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride, eh black rice? 😆 Seriously though, despite being less popular than brown or wild rice, black rice (aka forbidden rice) is an ancient grain that has even more impressive health benefits than most other closely related rice varieties. 

Forbidden rice is rich in antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, dietary fiber PLUS it has the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight gain.

One serving of forbidden rice offers a high amount of flavonoid phytonutrients, substantial mineral content (iron and copper) and a pretty good source of plant based protein. 

Wondering how black rice compares to other rice varieties? Here’s how the different types of rice differ in terms of nutrient content when we compare an 100gm serving of each kind:

  • Polished white rice – contains 6.8 protein, 1.2 iron, 0.6 fiber.
  • Brown rice: 7.9 protein, 2.2 iron, and 2.8 fiber.
  • Red rice: 7.0 protein, 5.5 iron, and 2.0 fiber.
  • Black rice: 8.5 protein, 3.5 iron, 4.9 fiber, and the highest amount of antioxidants of any rice variety.
     

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FORBIDDEN RICE

1. Full of antioxidants
Black rice has a deep black or purple colour, which is an indication of its high antioxidant properties, similarly to how deeply coloured antioxidant berries like blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries appear.


2. Protects Heart Health
Studies have shown that black rice decreases dangerous atherosclerotic plaque formation in the arteries, which is very important for keeping arteries clear and preventing heart attacks and stroke

3. Help Detox the Body
The phytonutrients found in black rice help the body to reduce inflammation and to cleanse the body of harmful substances that can contribute to a wide range of conditions.

4. Improves Digestive Health
The fiber in black rice helps to prevent constipation, bloating, and other unwanted digestive symptoms. Fiber binds to waste and toxins within the digestive tract, helping to pull them out and to contribute to regular bowel function.

5. Helps Slow Down Absorption of Sugar in the Blood, Helping to Prevent Diabetes  Black rice contains the entire bran of the grain where the fiber is stored, and fiber is able to help glucose (sugar) from the grain to be absorbed by the body over a longer period of time.

 

BUT WHY IS IT "FORBIDDEN"?  

FUN/USELESS FACT OF THE DAY:  Thousands of years ago in ancient China, Chinese men took possession of every grain of the black forbidden rice, banning its consumption among anyone who was not royalty or very wealthy. Damn, stingy much?

The crop was only grown in very limited quantities, closely monitored, and reserved for only the highest elite class. The common Chinese people were not allowed to grow or consume this black forbidden rice, which led to its extra/fancyAF name that it still carries with it today.

Black rice was actually only first introduced to the United States in the 1990’s, although it’s been enjoyed in other parts of the world for many more years. Thankfully, it is no longer forbidden today, Thanks fo sharing Asia!

Since you've learned sooo much about forbidden rice, you just HAVE to taste it now. Reward yourself by making this 30 min meal right now! Full permission to feel like Chinese royalty while consuming 😉

Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon with Forbidden Rice