Red rice is a grain originating in China that is characterized by its high content of anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant that is also present in red or green fruits and vegetables, giving it its characteristic red color.
This red rice is also called red yeast rice, red fermented rice or red koji rice. Its consumption can provide several health benefits, such as helping to reduce cholesterol, improve intestinal health and prevent anemia.
In addition, this is a whole grain with high nutritional value, as it is rich in nutrients such as rice and fiber. Fermented red rice is easy to prepare and can be cooked the same way as white rice. Find out how to include rice in your diet.
The main benefits of consuming red rice are:
1. Reduce cholesterol
The red koji rice goes through a natural fermentation process that produces a substance called monacolin K, which is responsible for conferring the effect that reduces bad cholesterol and increases good. Apart from this, the fibers present in this whole grain help to reduce the absorption of fat in the intestine and to control the cholesterol levels better.
In addition, it is rich in antiocyanins
2. Improve intestinal health
As it is rich in fiber, red rice helps to increase the size of heces and mobilize the gastrointestinal tract, facilitating its output, being excellent for those people who suffer from stress.
3. Prevent anemia
Red rice is rich in hierro, an essential mineral for the adequate transport of oxygen in the blood and to prevent and fight anemia. In addition, it has vitamin B6, which it acts on the regulation of mood, sweat and appetite.
4. Prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer
In addition to helping to reduce cholesterol, fermented red rice helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer thanks to its high content of antioxidants, substances that protect blood vessels from the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries and, therefore, protect body from problems such as heart attack and stroke.
Simism, favors an adequate cell renewal, stimulating the immune system, fighting potentially cancerous cells.
5. Favor weight loss
The red rice helps to slim down thanks to being rich in fiber, which helps to reduce the hambre and increase the feeling of satiety for longer.
Asimism, the fibers help to avoid spikes of sugar in the blood, reducing the accumulation of grease in the organism.
6. Could help prevent diabetes
As it is rich in anthocyanins, red rice could help prevent diabetes. This antioxidant could help to regulate the sugar in the blood because according to some studies it interferes with an enzyme that controls the glycemia.
In addition to having an average glycemic index, es decir, it moderately raises blood sugar. See what the glycemic index of some foods is.
The following table shows the nutritional composition in 100 g of red yeast rice:
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It is important to bear in mind that the benefits of red rice are obtained, especially when its consumption is accompanied by a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
How to prepare Roja yeast rice
The basic recipe for red yeast rice is prepared in the following way:
1 bowl of red rice;
1 tablespoon of olive oil;
1/2 chopped onion;
2 steel teeth;
Salt to taste;
2 ½ cups of water.
Put the water in a pot and take it to the fire. Add the water to heat and cook, add the oil and the onion to the olive oil and, when the onion has a transparent appearance, add the red rice, add a little more water and add salt. Allow to cook for 35 to 40 minutes on low heat.
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