The scientific name of Jowar is ‘Sorghum bicolor’. Jowar is a powerhouse in terms of nutrients, and can provide those wise individuals who add it to their diet with vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, as well as high levels of magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium, as well as nearly half the daily required intake of protein and a very significant amount of dietary fiber (48% of the recommended intake).


Sorghum is the broad term for an entire genus of grasses that are native to tropics and subtropics around the world. While there are more than 30 different species of sorghum, only one is harvested for human consumption, while the others are primarily used as fodder for animals. The important species for humans, Sorghum bicolor, is native to Africa, but can now be found all around the world as a staple food product. It is also cultivated in many different countries. Sorghum is primarily used in the production of sorghum molasses, sorghum syrup, and as a grain. Also, it can be used in the production of alcoholic beverages and even biofuels around the world. It is widely considered the fifth most important cereal crop in the world.

Some of the health benefits of sorghum include its ability to prevent certain types of cancer, help control diabetes, offer a dietary option for people with Celiac disease, improve digestive health, build strong bones, promote red blood cell development, and boost energy and fuel production.