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Ingredient Digest: Rice - Brown, White or Black?

If you are into healthy lifestyle you've probably ever asked to replace your white rice in a poke bowl with quinoa or brown one?

We all have heard that such carbs are not the healthiest option out there, but what makes red, black or brown rice better than the classical variation?

The Jar Healthy Vending team thinks it's just the right time to find out the difference in our Ingredient Digest series.

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Rice is generally a whole grain. The problem with a white one however that it is not, since it is processed and cleared from everything that covers the white kernel. Brown rice and other coloured rices retain their bran and, thus, their nutrients. Here's the most simplest answer to why choosing the coloured variations is a little better.

Black rice, also called Chinese forbidden rice, gets its color from its black bran. Red rice has reddish brown bran. All of these whole-grain rices taste chewier and nuttier than white rice.

Healthy Vending in London, UK
Healthy Vending in London, UK

Brown rice indeed contains more fiber and vitamins.

Black one on top of everything else contains anthocyanin, which are the pigments found in a variety of blue and purple foods. They primary function of those is to protect cells against damage. These pigments are also known for reducing inflammation and helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions.

Eating black rice can give you a worthwhile boost for your heart health too.

  • Improving Eye Health

Because of high amounts of lutein - a carotenoid which is known for it's wolf to support eye health - it can really be assumed that black rice may slightly affect your eye sight to the better.

The antioxidants containing in black rice protect cells and reduce the effects of ultraviolet.

  • Managing Diabetes

Anthocyanins also have a positive impact on blood sugar level and hence potentially diabetes management.

They improve insulin sensitivity and allow your body to use glucose in a better way. They also help by reducing sugar digestion in your small intestine, which lowers sugar levels in your blood.

  • Highly nutritious

Overall black rice is rich in amino and fatty acids, antioxidants and phenolic compounds. There are 18 amino acids in black rice, with a mix of essential and non-essential types.

Amino acids are crucial to many of body's functions, from helping repair skin and tissues to improving energy levels and digestion.

Black rice is also a good source of Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Beta Carotene and others.

Healthy Vending in London, UK
Healthy Vending in London, UK

Just so it's happened that The Jar Healthy Vending has just the right dish with black rice for you to taste.

When one of our healthy vending machines in London becomes an addition to your business you are making the decision to give your customers or staff the option to really enjoy a variety of healthy foods that are ready to eat.

We offer gluten free products, and we also cater for both vegetarians and vegans, who usually go unthought of when it comes to food on the go.

Stay healthy with The Jar!

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