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Wed Aug 22, 2012, 05:12 PM

 

Purple rice, grown in Louisana, so say beneficial for cholesterol, diabetes and syndrome X.

How to cook it: http://www.ochef.com/743.htm

News release (Excellent piece)


How it all happened:
http://theadvocate.com/features/food/3040543-123/show-your-team-colors-with
Milton Rush was trying to find a disease-resistant strain of rice. What he got was a deep purple, heretofore unseen in America, long-grain rice.

“This is completely different than anything in the world,” the retired LSU rice researcher said. “It has two main health compounds in blueberry and acai.”

Here’s the science:

Rush developed the Blanca Isabel Purple Rice in 1998 at the rice pathology program in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology at LSU by crossing Cypress rice, a main long-grain variety grown in Louisiana, with Hitan Kitan, a purple/black kernel variety from Sri Lanka.

The rice’s purple color extends past the outer bran coating to the kernel, leaving behind shades of lavender, depending on the degree of milling. The purple color comes from anthocyanin compounds, or antioxidants for us civilians.

End science.

The rights to the rice were released to Rush after his retirement from LSU, and he and his family planted their first rows of the new rice last year. His two sons, two daughters and his wife help run his business.

A related article, what it may have been crossed with:
http://www.themedguru.com/node/39882
The black rice, known as “forbidden rice” in ancient China because nobles kept every grain for themselves, due to its rarity and high nutritional value, is now being hailed as a super food because of its unique health benefits.

According to experts, black rice gets its dark color from the presence of purple and reddish flavonoid pigments known as anthocyanins antioxidants that are found in blackberries, dark cherries, acai, and show promise in fighting a variety of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

In addition, black rice bran has more vitamin E and fibre and less sugar than blueberries.

Dr Zhimin Xu, associate professor at the food science department at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge stated, "Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful or blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants.

A clinical study they want to do:
http://www.pbrc.edu/clinical-trials/?studyid=142
10 Week Nutrition Study
Study Type
Nutrition
Study Purpose
Pennington Biomedical is looking for individuals to participate in a research study to determine if eating purple rice twice daily can improve your blood glucose level and lower your cholesterol more than brown rice.

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2012, 05:15 PM

1. the guy's from LSU...he's just trying to get the team colors in there

well, not really (maybe). but i can see this being served in one bowl along side of some nice yellow saffron rice...GEAUX TIGERS!

on the less dramatic note...that's pretty cool.

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Wed Aug 22, 2012, 05:16 PM

2. One thought..... malnutrition in countries that can and do grow white rice. That is the

 

real miracle here.

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Response to 2on2u (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 22, 2012, 06:24 PM

4. i get the significance...

my post was simply a little humor... sorry it offended you or was not up to your standards for humor. it's late in the day.

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Wed Aug 22, 2012, 05:48 PM

3. Great piece . . .

Thanks for posting!

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