Posted on Jun 24, 2016
Whole grains are not only trendy they are becoming a staple in meals across America. In fact, the 2015 Food and Health Survey indicated 70 percent of Americans are trying to consume more whole grains because they are healthy and taste good. Despite all the whole-grain attention, have you heard of sorghum? The better question is—have you tasted sorghum yet?
Traditionally, sorghum has been widely used in livestock feed, but is rising in popularity as a healthy food choice. Sorghum is a whole grain grown in America with many health benefits. Take a stroll down the aisles of your local grocery store, and chances are you’ll be able to find at least one product containing sorghum, often in the gluten-free section. People are discovering new, delicious ways to enjoy sorghum. Check out these five reasons you should give sorghum a try!
Sorghum is full of the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Not only is sorghum an important source of plant-based protein, it is also an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps to promote digestive health. Certain types of sorghum are also rich in antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurological diseases. Plus, sorghum is naturally gluten-free, providing those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance a safe alternative grain. With so many health benefits, why not add sorghum to your plate?
Sorghum is a high-energy grain that can help fuel your body. Sorghum contains 10 percent protein, nearly 75 percent complex carbohydrates and is rich in B complex vitamins. Sorghum’s high energy content combined with high protein and fiber help you feel fuller longer and power you through your day.
Sorghum is extremely versatile and can be served for any meal. Utilize sorghum as a whole grain, whole grain flour, popped and much more. Sorghum is great in salads, soups, risottos, one-pot meals, easy-to-make bowls or add your own creative flare. Get inspired by sorghum and add a new twist to your favorite meals.
Not only is sorghum a tasty way to get your daily servings of whole grains, it’s easy and fun to cook with. You can prepare and use sorghum like grains you may already be familiar with such as rice or quinoa. Cook whole grain sorghum using your stovetop, slow cooker, oven, pressure cooker or whatever option you prefer. Whole grain sorghum has a neutral-nutty flavor, allowing it to absorb the flavors and spices of any recipe. If you are looking for convenient meal options, prepare a larger batch and refrigerate or freeze it for easy meal incorporation later. Sorghum won’t lose its taste, quality or texture.
Sorghum is among the most efficient crops for the conversion of solar energy and use of water, a vital resource for food production. As water sources become depleted across most regions of the U.S. and world, sorghum can play a significant role in its conservation. In fact, sorghum uses up to 1/3 less water than comparable crops. Sorghum is also a high residue crop, meaning the stalks left over after harvest provide environmental and conservation benefits, including better soil erosion protection, enhanced soil organic matter and improved soil moisture conservation. All these benefits combine to make sorghum good for you and the environment.
Are you ready to experience the whole-grain goodness of sorghum? Try these flavorful recipes today!