Gluten Free Flours 101: Sorghum Flour

sorghum flour

Written by Glen Call

July 1, 2020

Where Does it Come From?

Sorghum originated in Africa about 8,000 years ago. It was first domesticated about 5,000 years ago and eventually spread to Asia and Australia. There are about 25 different types of sorghum, of which 17 originate from Australia. It is used for human consumption, livestock feed and fuel. It is cultivated all over the world, with most of today’s crop coming from North America, Asia, and Latin America. The US is the largest producer in the world.

 Why is it Used?

Sorghum flour is one of the most common gluten-free flours out there. It is often used because of its mild, sweet taste. While most sorghum flour is cream-colored, the grains come in a range of colors including white, yellow, bronze, red and even purple. Many people like using sorghum due to its structural properties that make it ideal for muffins, breads, and rolls.

 Health Aspects

Sorghum is high in carbohydrates and is a good source of dietary fiber and protein. It is higher in antioxidants than many other grains. Sorghum is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and niacin. Some research shows that a diet in sorghum helps to lower cholesterol. Other research shows that some varieties can help protect against diabetes.

How is it Used?

Because of its taste and texture, sorghum is used across many different products. It’s a staple in India and Australia with products like unleavened bread. It is also used in gluten-free breakfast cereals. In the baking realm, it is often used for pancakes, cookies, cakes, breads and muffins because it looks and performs like wheat flour. It also works well as a batter or breading.

If you are looking for a good universal flour in your gluten-free product, check out sorghum flour. You’ll enjoy the versatility without affecting the taste of your food.

Other common types of gluten free flours include almond flour, oat flour, buckwheat flour, and Cassava flour.

GF Blends has a variety of high-quality ingredients available to help you blend and create your products. If you are looking for a dedicated gluten-free facility co-packer we can help!

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