So what’s the deal with sourdough bread? In our quest to eat healthier, this topic came up a lot. I finally sat down one day to read about it. Sourdough bread is made by ‘souring’ the flour and using natural yeast to make baked goods rather than commercial yeast. The acids produced by beneficial lactobacillus bacteria in a sourdough starter give the bread its sour flavor. That’s the basics. But what I was surprised and excited to find out about was the health benefits. Sourdough bread was great! Sourdough bread was better! But sadly, sourdough bread is becoming a lost art.
Here’s what I found:
- The bacteria and long soaking/rising times of sourdough help to activate phytase, an enzyme that breaks down phytates and phytic acid.
- Sourdough bread can help lower insulin response and ensure that blood gluclose levels are stable. The lower the number on the glydemic index (the measure of how high and how quickly blood sugar spikes after eating a food), the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Sourdough bread rates a 68 as opposed to 100 by other breads.
- During the long soaking/rising time, the bacteria eat the starch and sugars in the grain. This lowers the carbohydrates, making the bread easier to digest.
- Sourdough made from unprocessed flour has complex carbohydrates (the good carbs). These complex carbs aren’t transformed into fat (like the bad carbs), they’re turned into energy.
- The long soaking/rising time breaks down gluten making it more easily digested. Many people with gluten sensitivities report that they can tolerate sourdough breads.
You can imagine how excited I was to read this. Travis and I eliminate/severely limit grains because we deal with candida. But knowing about sourdough means the rest of the family (and eventually all of us) can eat limited grains with a healthier option than the commercial yeast breads I used to bake. Hurray!
Read more about how to start and care for your sourdough:
Do you have any tips or suggestions you’d like to share about making sourdough? What are your favorite recipes?
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