All you rice lovers out there who are conscious about eating rice to avoid piling up those extra kilos, there is some good news for you! Red rice is here for your rescue. Red rice is a special variety of rice that gets its red colour due to its anthocyanin content. This rice is generally unhulled or partially hulled rice which has a red husk. It has a nutty flavour and compared to polished rice has high nutritional value as the germ of the rice is left intact.
Raktashali, Thai Red Cargo Rice, Bhutanese Red Rice, Camargue Red Rice (grown in France), Kerala Matta Rice are a few varieties of red rice. The Matta Red Rice is grown in Palakkad district of Kerala and is popular in Sri Lanka too. Red rice is packed with nutrients and has a battery of health benefits. A few are listed below:

High fibre content

Red rice consists of good amount of fibre. About one-quarter cup of red rice consists of about 2 grams of fibre, which is roughly 8 percent of our daily fibre requirement. As compared to white rice which has only simple carbohydrates, red rice contains complex carbohydrates due to its fibre content that is good for health. Fibre helps enhance bowel movement and prevent constipation. Fibre also has its role in lowering the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity etc.

Control blood sugar levels 
Red rice has a low glycemic index which is a number that indicates the potential of a carbohydrate to increase blood sugar. As red rice is low in glycemic index and has high fibre content, it helps in regulating blood sugar levels as well as insulin production. Thus it helps in diabetes control. A good reason for diabetic rice lovers to be happy about.

Heart health and lower cholesterol levels

Red rice is known to lower blood LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. It therefore helps keep our heart healthy. Magnesium in it also helps in maintaining blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks.

Low obesity risk

As mentioned the high fibre content of red rice renders it as a helpful tool in weight management. It will make one feel fuller faster and hence the person will tend to eat less calories and maintain a healthy weight. Moreover, red rice also provides energy to the body and helps in digestion.

Source of Iron

Red rice is rich in iron. Iron is an essential mineral required by our body to carry oxygen. In case of lack of iron, our body may not get enough oxygen it needs, ultimately making us feel fatigued and lowering our immunity. Red rice can thus help us cope with iron deficienc

Vitamin B6 rich

Red rice is rich in vitamin B6 which is an important vitamin for our body system. It is needed for proper functioning of our organs. It is also required for red blood cells formation and for DNA synthesis which carries the genetic information of each individual. Apart from B6, red rice consists of other B complex vitamins as well which are required for good health.

Powerful antioxidant properties

Red rice consists of anthocyanin, manganese and zinc which have antioxidant properties. They protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals which are formed inside the body and damage the body cells and tissues. This property helps delay the ageing process of skin & helps keep wrinkles at bay, helps prevent risk of cancer, strengthens immunity and gives the power to fight with a host of infections. Additionally anthocyanin helps reduce inflammation, zinc has great wound healing power and good for brain function and manganese helps strengthening metabolism.

Good bone health

Red rice is a great source of calcium and magnesium, both essential to maintain bone health. Calcium and magnesium both are important nutrients needed to build healthy bones and deficiency can result in osteoporosis and low bone density later in life. Especially for post menopausal women it can be very painful. Red rice might work as a boon in such cases. It has been seen that regular consumption of red rice can also help relieve joint pain.

Relief from asthma

Magnesium in red rice helps alleviate asthma symptoms and restore normal breathing.

In a nutshell, red rice has amazing health benefits. So the next time you have your rice cravings you know exactly what to opt for!