What is Red Yeast Rice?
Red yeast rice is rice that has been fermented by a red yeast known as Monascus purpureus. Red yeast rice has a history of being used for both culinary and medicinal purposes dating back to 800 ce during the reign of the Tang Dynasty. Red yeast rice’s roles in culinary preparations have been that of a food preservative, as a spice, as an ingredient in rice wine, and as a source of food coloring. It is used to color dishes such as pickled tofu, Peking duck, and red rice vinegar.
What are the health benefits of Red Yeast Rice?
Red yeast rice’s history as a medicinal substance centered on its use for improving blood circulation and gastrointestinal discomforts such as diarrhea and indigestion. Red yeast rice is used in modern medicine for lowering cholesterol, and is incorporated into the over-the-counter cholesterol-lowering supplement Cholestin.
Where can I find Red Yeast Rice?
Red yeast rice can be sold as a dried grain, as a wet paste, or as a fine powder. The world’s largest producer of red yeast rice is China. Red yeast rice can be found online in its various forms or sold in jars at Asian markets.
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