There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice, and each type has its own nutritional profile. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the rice, the better. For example, compared to white rice, brown rice has fewer carbohydrates and calories, and is more nutrient dense. Brown rice has positive effects on our brain and nervous systems and contains powerful antioxidants. In comparison, black rice is a better source of protein than brown rice, has fewer carbohydrates, and is higher in fiber.*
To cook black rice, rinse the rice three times and soak it for 15 minutes. In a pot, add two cups of water for every one cup of rice, bring to a boil, cover the pot and reduce to simmer for 20-35 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.
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