An Ancient, Healthy, Versatile Grain
As consumer demand strengthens for versatile, healthy ancient grains, sorghum’s popularity is seeing a resurgence. With its wonderful, nutty taste, sorghum is a terrific substitute for traditional grains consumed in everyday diets. Sorghum is an excellent source of energy, containing about 75 percent complex carbohydrate. It is a good to excellent source of iron and zinc and is rich in B complex vitamins. Additionally, sorghum provides good to excellent sources of phytochemicals such as phenolic acids, anthocyanins, phytosterols and policosanols. Sorghum is also meeting gluten-free needs for those with celiac disease or a gluten-intolerance.
Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal grain crop in the world, largely because it grows well in many different environments, it is naturally drought tolerant and its versatility as a food, feed and fuel. Only four other foods: rice, wheat, maize and potatoes are consumed in greater amounts by the human race. Used to make both leavened and unleavened breads, sorghum is also found in various fermented and unfermented beverages and can be steamed, popped, flaked or consumed as a whole grain or syrup. For thousands of years, sorghum has been a food staple around the world. It is the dietary foundation of more than 500 million people in 30 countries and is one of the most familiar foods in the world.
The Sorghum Checkoff is working with food companies, chefs, dietitians, millers and bakers and more across the U.S. to increase awareness about sorghum.
Sourcing Sorghum Products
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Listing of companies that sell sorghum products (please note this is not an inclusive list).