Sorghum Linked with Many Health Benefits

Sorghum is a nutritious ancient grain with a low environmental footprint. In this review, researchers analyzed 16 intervention studies about sorghum and health, and found that eating sorghum may benefit blood sugar, weight management, satiety, and oxidative stress. Sorghum’s nutritional benefits and culinary versatility suggest that this grain may be an important part of future food innovations.
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2021 Jul 30;1-19. doi:10.1080/10408398.2021.1944976. Online ahead of print. (Ducksbury C et al.)

Sharon Palmer

This breakfast bowl is filled with fiber and whole grain goodness. Sorghum has a chewy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with pistachios and raspberries. Feel free to experiment—try swapping in your favorite nuts and berries!...

Spicy Sorghum Carrot Soup

The sorghum in this beautiful soup lends great texture and heartiness to it.

Miso Kale Power Bowl

This creamy bowl is perfect for a chilly evening dinner, or a warming, savory breakfast. 

slow cooker sorghum jambalaya

Sorghum is a southern grain, and as such, it pairs beautifully with Cajun and Creole flavors, like those found in jambalaya. The slow cooker makes this an easy, weekday recipe, and gives the rich flavors ample time to mingle....

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This incredibly fresh salad with sorghum won’t leave you hungry. It’s tart, spicy, and filling. It’s delicious as a main or tucked into pita bread for a quick lunch. ...

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Get a jump start on your new year’s resolutions with this delicious recipe that won’t break the bank. This nutritious blend of walnuts, roasted tomato, white bean, and sorghum can be served as a side or made ahead and packed for lunch during the week. 

sorghum & blues salad with blueberries and blue cheese

Blueberries and blue cheese lend a punch of complex flavor to this hearty summer salad. Round out the meal with grilled chicken or fish, or toss in a can of chickpeas when you make the salad. ...

Sorghum Salad with Apples, Pine Nuts and Raisins

This sweet salad keeps well, so it’s the perfect easy recipe to bring to potlucks! This crowd-pleasing recipe was also served at the marketplace of our 2016 Oldways Supermarket Dietititian Symposium in New Orleans....

Stir Fried Thai Sorghum Bowl

Sharon Palmer, RDN, demonstrated this deliciously spiced Thai sorghum bowl at our 2016 Whole Grains Away from Home conference in Chicago. Watch her make the dish here.


While fruits and vegetables are known as sources of healthy antioxidants and phenolic compounds, research increasingly shows that whole grains contain them too. In this review, researchers analyzed the total phenolic contents, phenolic acid profile and antioxidant activity of several whole grains, including wheat, corn, rice, barley, sorghum, rye, oat and millet. The review shows that whole grains contain a number of phytochemicals (including antioxidants) and significantly exhibit antioxidant activity. Researchers conclude that the consumption of whole grains is considered to have significant health benefits including prevention of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer because of the contribution of phenolic compounds. 
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2014 July 30. [epub ahead of print] (Van Hung P et al.)

Sorghum Reduces Glucose, Insulin Response

At the University of Arkansas, researchers conducted a small randomized crossover trial with 10 healthy men, to compare the impact on blood sugar of eating two different whole grain muffins: a whole sorghum muffin and a whole wheat muffin, each with 50g of total starch. Glucose response averaged 35% lower after the sorghum muffin, leading researchers to suggest that whole grain sorghum could be a good ingredient choice for managing glucose and insulin levels.
Food and Function. 2014 May;5(5):894-9. (Poquette et al.)


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