Red yeast rice is a substance that results from fermenting red yeast over rice. Specifically, the kind of yeast used is called Monascus purpureus yeast. Red yeast rice is predominantly used in China. More » Food Food Facts Pasta & Grains

Possible side effects of red yeast rice include headaches, heartburn, upset stomach, elevation of liver and muscle enzymes, and muscle and liver problems, according to WebMD. Some types of red yeast rice may contain high... More » Health Medications & Vitamins Vitamins & Supplements

A part of traditional Chinese medicine, red yeast rice is used as a health supplement. It contains monacolins, which are naturally occurring substances believed to limit the body’s production of cholesterol. It is also t... More » Food Cooking Nuts & Grains
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People can be allergic to red yeast rice if it is inhaled, notes WebMD. Its safety if taken by mouth is uncertain, and it is advised that pregnant and lactating women should not consume it. More » Food Food Facts Pasta & Grains

Some studies have shown that red yeast rice reduces cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol; however, these studies did not last long enough to determine the long-term results of using red yeast rice, according ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health

Kefir grains are fermented cultures of yeast and bacteria that clump together with milk protein and complex sugar. They look like small clumps of cauliflower and are added to various kinds of milk to make kefir, a yogurt... More » Food Food Facts Pasta & Grains

A cup of plain, uncooked rice contains anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 grains. The number of grains found in a cup of rice varies considerably by the variety of rice, as there are over 40,000 types of rice throughout the w... More » Food Food Facts Pasta & Grains