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Scientist Improves Health Profile Of Bread Using Anthocyanins

March 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A food scientist in Singapore pondered some of the nutritional and health drawbacks of white bread. It digests too fast, for one thing, causing a spike in blood sugar. Its starch content is also digested too rapidly, leaving people hungry for more. All of this links white bread to obesity and related health issues. Zhou Weibiao’s solution to this problem was to add anthocyanin extract derived from black rice. A chemical reaction with the starch enzymes turns the bread purple, but the anthocyanins also slow digestion speed by 20 percent and are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. And the bread is made entirely of natural compounds.
Jenni Marsh, "Purple bread: A new superfood?", CNN, March 18, 2016, © Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
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