It commonly refers to unhulled rice or partially hulled rice which has a red husk. It has high nutritional value since the germ of the rice is left intact.
Red rice has an antioxidant pigment called anthocyanins. This antioxidant is beneficial to reduce symptoms of inflammation, allergy relief, cancer prevention and weight loss management. Aside from that, red rice is packed with nutrients such as B-vitamins, iron, calcium and zinc. The B-vitamins are known to be essential to the body as it is present in all organ function and energy production. Calcium is needed for bone health, Iron for blood supply and Zinc for brain function.
As a whole grain, red rice can help you meet your daily fiber needs. A quarter cup serving of red rice contains 2 grams of fiber, meeting 8 percent of your daily value for fiber. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate your body cannot digest, and may be best known for its ability to help improve bowel function and prevent constipation. But fiber in foods such red rice can also help control hunger by slowing digestion, which in turn aids in weight control. In addition, fiber can also help reduce risk of heart disease by helping to lower blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and inflammation. Red rice may help you meet your daily iron needs. A 1/4-cup serving meets 2 percent of your daily value for iron. It is also fat-free.
Cooking Tips: Rinse red rice until the water runs clear. Use two cups of water for every cup of rice. Bring to the boil over medium-high, then turn down to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Keep pot lid on. Let stand for a few more minutes then fluff with a fork to finish.