Featured Dog Food Ingredient of the Month: Sorghum (Milo)
The wide variety of uses for Sorghum, its high-energy, and strong yield makes this 8,000 year-old drought resistant crop a world-wide staple among many diets both animal and human.
Perhaps that has to do in part with the steady rise of food allergies and intolerances. The U.S. market for gluten-free products is already valued at roughly $1.7 billion and projected to grow an additional $22 billion by the year 2020. All of which make this gluten-free grain all the more appealing.
We’re such Sorghum converts that we use this culinary wunderkind in a variety of our locally sourced, Texas-made dog foods. Which is why we’re celebrating Sorghum by making it our featured ingredient of the month. Join us in getting to know this sophisticated ancient grain.
Originating out of Northeastern Africa, Sorghum easily spread throughout the country due to its high adaptability. Even harsh or arid environments like the highlands of Ethiopia weren’t enough to stop the crop’s knack for water conservation and efficient use of solar energy.
From there the crop traveled alongside different tribal groups, spreading into India and China before swimming across the ocean to Australia.
Since the mid-1700s Sorghum has been a staple in US culture. Ben Franklin, who referenced it as a critical component in broom making, first made record of its use in 1757.
In 2014, more than 2.25 million acres of Sorghum was harvested on Texas soil alone. That makes the lone star state the second top producing state of Sorghum in the country.
It’s so prolific we are able to buy locally from family farmers. This allows us to uphold our traditional values of operating as a small business and supporting other Texas-based operations.
Gluten-Free, Non-GMO and other Benefits
Research shows that people and animals with gluten sensitivities or allergies can safely eat this wheat substitute. Sorghum-based food products, like our quality dog foods, offer the gluten intolerant a less expensive option aside from pricey gluten-free alternatives like quinoa.
According to Organic Facts a variety of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in Sorghum have additional health benefits such as:
- Diabetes management
- Heart health
- Improved digestion
- Prevention of Atherosclerosis and stokes
- Maintaining bone health
- Protection from osteoporosis and arthritis
- Cancer reduction (especially esophageal)
- Increased blood circulation and energy
- Relief from cramping, bloating, constipation, excess gas and diarrhea
Ultimately, thanks to its extreme adaptability, versatility and health benefits, Sorghum has earned its place as a key crop for millions of people the world over. Only such a grain would meet our impeccably high dog food standards. After all, when it comes to feeding your pet, we believe you should take the same care you would when feeding any other member of your family.