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Black Rice Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Black rice, or known as forbidden rice is an ancient grain cultivated in Asia. It has the darkest bran layer of any whole grain rice. It is in this bran layer where most of the minerals, vitamins and fiber are stored.  It contains only around 160 calories but offers a very high amount of flavonoids phytonutrients. It has fiber, substantial mineral content including iron and copper, and it is good source of plant based protein.

Now, why is it called "forbidden rice"? During the times of Ching and Ming dynasty, the forbidden rice was exclusively reserve for royalty and wealthy to ensure longevity and healthy life. The common Chinese people were not allowed to grow or consume this black forbidden rice, thus its unique name which is still being used at present.

Some of the many health benefits of black rice are full of antioxidants, protects heart health, helps detoxify the body, good source of fiber, naturally gluten free grain, helps slow down absorption of sugar in the blood,…