Health Benefits Of Jowar For Your Child
Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht Updated on Mar 17, 2019
Sorghum or jowar is a grain which originated in Africa, but it is now widely used in Asia. With its potential health benefits and high nutritional value, it should be incorporated in the daily diet. Here are some facts and benefits , related with its consumption.
High in Fibre
- It is high in fiber especially insoluble which makes it a good option for persons, watching their weight, to avoid constipation, and other lifestyle related diseases.
- It is a good source of complex carbohydrates and proteins, which helps in giving a higher satiety value. Thus it can be easily incorporated in a calorie controlled diet.
- Sorghum protein is superior to wheat protein in terms of digestibility and biological value. This is means the proteins from sorghum would be easily digested and available for absorption by the body.
- It also is a good source of B-complex vitamins like niacin, thiamin and B6 besides other vitamins.
- Sorghum is also a source of minerals like selenium,phosphorus, manganese and magnesium.
- Some varieties contain anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant.
- The fat content of sorghum grain is largely unsaturated fats; making it a healthy choice in grains.
Following are the health benefits of sorghum for your child
1. Good for Gut health
Sorghum is high in fiber making it very good for your digestive health. It’s regular consumption would help in regulating the motility of the gut, hence preventing constipation, bloating , excess gas, stomach aches etc.
2. Has Anti cancer properties
According to a study, the bran of sorghum which is rich in polyphenols may have anticancer properties.(J Med Food. 2018 Oct;21(10):990-998. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2018.0008. Epub 2018 May 7.)
3. Good for children who are allergic to gluten
In celiac disease, people have severe allergy to gluten protein, found in wheat. Since sorghum is gluten free it is a safe option for people with gluten sensitivity or those avoiding gluten products. It is a good option for staple, i.e. it can be cooked as rice or used for porridge, gruel, malted grain or even chapattis.
4. Suitable choice in case of diabetes
Simple sugars and refined cereals increase blood glucose levels. So sorghum with its high fiber content is a suitable choice for diabetics. Studies show that there is a reduced response to blood glucose level after its consumption. It may also reduce oxidative stress. Nutr Rev. 2016 Nov;74(11):690-707. Epub 2016 Sep 30.
5. Positive impact on Bone Health
Since it is high in magnesium, which in turn helps in calcium absorption, consumption of sorghum has a positive impact on bone health. Both calcium and magnesium help in bone development and healing of any damaged or aging bones.
6. Helps in Boosting energy levels
Since sorghum is high in vitamin B like thiamin,niacin and B6, it helps in keeping up our energy levels. This is because these vitamins have a direct role as coenzymes, in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.