Sorghum safe for people with Celiac disease

January 15, 2019

People have been asking me whether those of us with Celiac Disease can eat sorghum.

A study published in Clinical Nutrition from Edinburgh, Scotland in 2007 indicates that we can. Here’s what researchers from that study wrote:

Sorghum protein digests did not elicit any morphometric or immunomediated alteration of duodenal explants from celiac patients. Patients fed daily for 5 days with sorghum-derived food product did not experience gastrointestinal or non-gastrointestinal symptoms and the level of anti-transglutaminase antibodies was unmodified at the end of the 5-days challenge.

Another study that appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2013 proved through genetic evidence that the plant does not contain gluten. Here’s what researchers wrote in the summary to that study:

Aqueous/alcohol-soluble prolamins (kafirins) from different sorghum varieties, including pure lines and hybrids, were evaluated by SDS-PAGE and HPLC analyses as well as an established enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based on the R5 antibody. These analyses provide molecular evidence for the absence of toxic gliadin-like peptides in sorghum, confirming that sorghum can be definitively considered safe for consumption by people with celiac disease.

So yes, we can eat sorghum.

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