Sorghum is full of phytochemicals that could potentially be beneficial to human health. This research examined sorghum’s impact on cholesterol. The researchers gave hamsters a portion of sorghum with their food and tested for changes in cholesterol. There was an inverse relationship between the amount of sorghum given and the level that the cholesterol decreased. It was concluded sorghum contains beneficial components that could be used in human food to help manage cholesterol levels.


Carr, T.P., Weller, C.L., Schlegel, V.L., Cuppett, S.L., Guderian, D.M., & Johnson, K.R. (2005) Grain sorghum lipid extract reduces cholesterol absorption and plasma non-HDL cholesterol concentration in hamsters. Journal of Nutrition, 135(9), 2236-2240.