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Sorghum is the New Quinoa

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Sick of going through the same old staple food grind—rice, wheat, corn, perhaps your good old friends: the root vegetables?

If your answer is ‘Yes’ to the above, let me introduce you to the new wonder grain… sorghum.

What is sorghum?

Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain that comes in multiple varieties, the most common being white and yellow.¹ It originated in Africa and is considered a valuable staple food for many living in developing countries, like India and Ethiopia.² Only recently has extensive research been done on this grain. With new discoveries on sorghum’s many health benefits, Western food companies are finding ways to "reap" the most out of this grain ;).

So is it all hype or the real deal?

You bet it's the 'real deal'! And here's why...

health benefits of sorghum
The Benefits of Sorghum in a Grainshell

1. Cleanses the Body

Polyphenols are compounds in grains that primarily function as antioxidants.³ They have the power to reduce inflammation and ward off chronic diseases.⁴ And luckily for us, sorghum has the greatest diversity regarding the amounts and types of major polyphenols when compared to other cereal grains⁵ (e.g. wheat, oats, and rice). This means your risk of developing diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity is very much reduced.⁶

2. Stabilises Blood Sugar Levels

Sorghum has the superior ability of stabilising blood sugar levels (BSL) thanks to its slowly digestible starch (SDS) and resistant starch (RS) compounds.⁷ SDS has a low glycemic index. Meaning, unlike your white bread, you won’t be crashing so soon after eating. Comparatively, RS isn’t even absorbed into the bloodstream, which means it should have no effect at all on BSLs.⁸ An special ‘hooray’ for all us diabetics out there!

3. Weight Management

Sorghum helps maintain satiety levels because of the slow absorption rate of SDS.⁹ The more satiated you are, the more you are able to focus on your daily tasks. Because let's be honest, who wants their day to be interrupted by their body going into starvation mode?

The more satiated you are, the more you are able to focus on your daily tasks.

4. Anti-Cancer

Research shows that the phytochemicals in sorghum reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells.¹⁰ This is especially true for colon cancer.¹¹ These compounds force cells to essentially die through a process called apoptosis.¹²

5. Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

According to recent studies, consuming sorghum results in lower levels of "bad" cholesterol (LDL). ¹³ This can be linked to some of the lipids in sorghum, which help regulate cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases, like coronary heart disease.¹⁴