Sorghum: 8 good reasons to eat this ancient gluten-free cereal more often and how to cook it

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Discover all the benefits of sorghum for your health. Here's why you should introduce sorghum into your diet and how to cook it.

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Learn all the benefits of sorghum for your health, why you should eat it more often and how to cook it.





If you want to lose weight or change your diet to stay healthy, switch to sorghum. Considered equivalent to quinoa, it is gluten-free and a great alternative to refined flour or wheat flour. 

It is rich in various types of nutrients, with incredible health benefits; in fact, for example, sorghum is effective in promoting weight loss and also in improving the activity of the digestive system. It is a cereal, similar to millet, which you can add to your diet to stay healthy and fit. Here are some good reasons to eat it more often.

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Helps to lose weight

Sorghum is rich in fibers and contains high quality protein. Both help keep you full for longer, and prevent cravings for "junk" foods. A single serving of sorghum contains over 12 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein. (Read also: Quinoa: just fashion or real superfood?)

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It stimulates blood circulation

Sorghum is rich in iron e copper, two minerals that together can help improve blood circulation. Iron contributes to the development of red blood cells, and copper, in turn, can increase the absorption of iron in the body. Overall, the two minerals help improve blood circulation, and increase energy levels.

It is gluten free

Il gluten it is a protein found in cereals, such as wheat or barley, and is often responsible for digestive problems; Sorghum has been found to be an excellent substitute for wheat, ideal for people who are intolerant or who decide to follow a gluten-free diet.



In case of intolerance to this protein, then, sorghum is an excellent alternative that will allow you to eat delicious baked goods and cereals without experiencing the swelling, pain and cramps that often result from consuming gluten. (Read also: 8 cereals (or allegedly so) that celiacs can eat too)

It is rich in antioxidants

Sorghum not only contains vitamins and minerals, it is also an important source of antioxidants, responsible for the fight against free radicals, and fundamental because they protect and regenerate damaged cells

Among the benefits of the antioxidants we point out:

  • reduction of inflammation
  • reduced risk of cancer
  • better skin health.

Sorghum has high amounts of tannins, Anthocyanins, phytosterols, policosanols and phenolic acids, important phytochemicals that make this cereal an essential ingredient to add to your diet for improve the immune system and general health. (Read also: Natural antioxidants: 10 foods against free radicals and aging)

It increases hemoglobin and is good for the heart

If you suffer from iron deficiency anemia, sorghum is great to add to your diet. This food, very popular in India, is rich in iron, a mineral necessary to increase hemoglobin in the body. In fact, it contains about 8,45 milligrams of iron in each cup; the advice is to associate it with vitamin C to promote iron absorption.

It is rich in fiber and facilitates intestinal transit

Consume a sufficient amount of fibers and meeting the daily requirement is essential to keep in health the digestive system. However, most grains do not contain a large percentage of fiber; on the contrary, sorghum contains much more than the classic rice and barley. One serving contains 12 grams of fiber.



The richness of this element helps to reduce not only the risk of serious digestive diseases, but also the chances of obesity, stroke and diabetes.

It is good for bone health and keeps blood sugar levels stable

Sorghum is one source of complex carbohydrates; it is digested slowly in our body leading to a gradual increase in the blood sugar level. It is a great choice, therefore, for people who suffer from diabetes. In addition, this cereal is also rich in magnesium, which helps to increase the absorption of calcium in the body, which is necessary for good bone health.

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It is more sustainable than other grains

Today sustainability it is an important factor to consider when shopping, including food. However, sorghum is one of the best choices on the market as less water is used for its cultivation and easier to maintain than other cereals.

Also, thanks to his heat tolerance it can be grown in many countries, without necessarily having to use other sources of artificial heat.

How to cook sorghum: some tips

Sorghum is a versatile cereal which can be used to make several recipes. You can prepare it like pasta and consume it with baked or grilled vegetables.

You can also use it in your recipes instead of rice, or even use it in sweet recipes, for example to make gluttons pancakes with sorghum flour. In addition, in addition to giving your dishes all the essential nutrients for health, it will help to give the dishes a delicious flavor and a very special taste.

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