Sorghum is globally being marketed as ‘new quinoa’ due to its whole grain and gluten-free goodness. Sorghum is the 5th most extensively grown crop in the world. The largest area of sorghum seeds production is in India, followed by Nigeria. Sorghum seeds exporters in different parts of Africa make good profits as it provides numerous health benefits.
Due to high nutrient composition, sorghum is considered as good for health, while it is a desirable grain in India. A few of the several advantages of sorghum are discussed below:
The rich content of gluten makes sorghum one of the most sought-after seed. It is used in barley-led foods and wheat. Sorghum is also considered a good alternative for people who suffer from ‘gluten intolerance‘.
In comparison with other cereal grains like rice or barley, sorghum contains a hefty amount of fiber. A single sorghum serving contains over 12 grams which are more than the recommended intake of above 40 per cent. A diet with high fibre means less obesity, low chance of diabetes, cardiac disease, stroke and digestive issues.
Sorghum is a complex carbohydrate that is why it is digested slowly, igniting gradual rise is sugar level. Therefore, sorghum is an immense choice for diabetic patients and people who want to get rid of weight.
One cup of sorghum contains 22 grams of protein that supplies human body energy as well as aids in the regeneration of cells.
A Sorghum seed has 8.45 milligrams of iron per cup. Since the iron content in sorghum is hard to absorb, combining it with meat or any source of vitamin C will provide you with maximum health advantage.
Sorghum seeds contain a high level of magnesium. Therefore it helps to maintain the level of calcium in the body (Magnesium enhances calcium absorption).
Sorghum also contains vitamin B that helps the human body to manufacture new tissues and cells as well as phosphorus and potassium. In addition, sorghum seeds contain traces of copper, zinc and over twenty micronutrients with a high level of antioxidants.
Sorghum (also known as jowar) has a much higher composition of dietary fiber compared to other cereal grains. One serving contains 12 grams of fiber. The high content of fiber ensures a high level of satiation that leads to lower consumption. As a result, appetite level remains low, making it ideal for weight loss.
Distinct property of lowering cholesterol level makes sorghum the best product for cardiac health. Sorghum reduces the chance of arteriosclerosis, irregular blood flow and plaque formation.
So, cowpea seeds exporters also look to grab the opportunity to sell sorghum seeds due to health-driven characteristics mentioned above.