You may have seen “sorghum” on any number of labels on the food or drinks you consume, but you know what? It’s actually not a specific food.
It’s true: instead, sorghum is a broad term, referring to an entire group of grasses found in many tropical regions around the world – a group that has number of benefits that can improve your heath, lower you risk of various cancers and diseases, and make you a healthier, more well person on the whole.
Do you want to get healthier and more fit in the coming year? Then here are just a few reasons you should work more sorghum into your diet:
It improves your digestive health
Sorghum is extremely high in dietary fiber, which is not just great for digestive health; it also improves weight loss results, too. You see, fiber makes you feel fuller than you are (mainly because it’s harder to digest than other foods), and it can stave off hunger pangs and cravings later on in the day. It actually contains a whopping 12 grams of fiber in every serving, which can ward off stomach aches, cramping, diarrhea, gas, bloating, constipation and more.
It prevents cancer
It might sound surprising, but sorghum grains actually contain a number of important antioxidants for your body. These antioxidants can help you ward off free radicals and reduce your chance of developing many types of cancer, particularly esophageal cancer.
It controls diabetes
Sorghum is very tannin-rich, and tannins are known to inhibit the absorption of starch in the body, and they’re thought to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, both of which can ward off diabetes and diabetic shock in at-risk patients.
It’s good for wheat and gluten allergies
If you have an intolerance or allergy to wheat, gluten or any similar wheat-based product, then sorghum may be the best bet for you. It won’t upset your digestive system, and it will allow you to avoid the painful inflammation that typically comes with most gluten-filled foods and menu items.
It’s great for bone health
This is especially important for women. You see, sorghum is especially high in magnesium, a mineral that’s crucial to your body’s health and calcium levels. Without calcium or magnesium (another crucial component of sorghum), you could have some very unhealthy bones and muscles.
It encourages circulation and red blood cell development
Sorghum is very high in both copper and iron, minerals that are crucial to your body’s functionalities. Copper actually helps your body retain and absorb iron in the body, thus decreasing your chances of anemia, iron deficiency and more. As copper and iron increase, it improves cell growth and repair, boosts energy levels and even increases hair growth.
It improves energy levels
It might sound crazy, but sorghum can actually improve energy levels, too. Sorghum contains a high level of minerals and vitamins – vitamins your body needs to get by – and getting plenty of these can naturally improve your body’s functions and your energy levels on the whole.
It helps your metabolism
Sorghum is full of minerals that support your metabolism, like vitamin B-3, magnesium, niacin and iron. These all help your body break down and metabolize nutrients in your body, and they support healthy circulation, immune function and more.
It slows carb digestion
Worried about eating too many carbs? Try sorghum instead. Sorghum actually slows and reduces your body’s ability to digest and absorb carbs, which means fewer calories and a less-intense effect on your body’s blood sugar levels. These are all a huge plus if you’re looking to get fit or lose weight.
Sorghum is also a great option if you suffer from Celiac’s disease, you have a wheat allergy, or you simply suffer from a gluten allergy. Either way, sorghum can be a safe bet in alcoholic beverages (even beer), as well as a number of delicious food and beverage items you might be feeling deprived of.
There are many ways you can eat sorghum in your daily meals. First, you can sub sorghum flour for regular flour. This can be used in baked goods, breads, muffins and more. You can also use sorghum grains in place of other grains, like rice and quinoa, or you can combine it with vegetables like zucchini, onions, peppers and more.
Sorghum is also good mixed into a vinaigrette dressing on a salad or used in a bowl of soup or stew to start off a meal.
Sorghum is a great substitute for any grain you might consider eating. It’s gluten-free, it’s healthy, and it’s highly filling. It can help you ward off those cravings, and it goes great with virtually any vegetable, protein or grain you can think of.
Have you ever tried sorghum? If so, let me know your favorite way to eat it in the comments.