This recipe links to the post ‘The Red Hot New Kids on The Block’.
Like its good friend brown rice these blushing morsels are whole grains so you are eating both the bran and the germ. This is imperative when we talk about regulating our blood sugar which among others things forms the basis of a sensational snack. More information on this topic can be found in my previous post ‘To Dunk or Not To Dunk That Is The Question‘.
Both are also great sources of B Vitamins, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Selenium and Magnesium which all contribute to the vital metabolic processes that keep us pottering along happily. Whole grains also pack a fabulous fibre rich punch & our russet friend brings in 3g per serving. Adequate fibre intake supports healthy digestion which then goes on to balance all of our body systems by ensuring proper elimination of toxins and waste products. Excess triglyceride levels are an example here, so once again we’ve found a way for you to include taking care of your ticker into teatime, bring on the baking! And to think, all that perfectly packed up into such tiny little parcels….anyone suddenly ravenous for rice?
The thing that cinches it for the red rice however is its characteristic ruby hue. When you see colour think antioxidants, in this case anthocyanins. They are indeed those self same ones you would gain from deep red & purple vegetables and fruits like red cabbage, aubergines or blueberries. Now this is not to take anything away from brown rice, we love the guy, but in this instance we are supercharging our snack by opting for his slightly more colourful compatriot.
One of the largest areas of research with anthocyanins is their protection against cancer. These terrific little troopers combine the ability to scavenge free radicals with modulating oestrogen levels. This means they protect against oxidative stress all over the body whilst also preventing the proliferation of the specifically oestrogen driven cancers (ovarian, breast, endometrial & prostate). This then expands into decreased oxidation of blood lipids (which would have then gone on to form atherosclerotic plaques), decreased fragility of capillaries and anti-inflammatory activity i.e. even more protection against cardiovascular disease. And if that wasn’t enough anthocyanins are also known to modulate the immune system to make sure it’s responding in the right way to the pressures of our everyday life. Pretty good ‘ey?