If You're Going to Eat Bread, Make it Sourdough
Dear Kosterina Family,
In a world saturated with bread choices, one has taken over for its health benefits and flavor (and we aren’t complaining about it) - sourdough bread. Scientists, nutritionists, and health experts all agree that naturally fermented sourdough bread is healthier than white or whole wheat bread, and for good reason. Today we uncover the many advantages it brings to the table and why you shouldn’t be afraid to eat this delicious carb!
So, how is sourdough different than other breads?
Sourdough bread sets itself apart from other bread types through its natural fermentation process. Unlike breads made with commercial yeast, sourdough relies on wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria present in its environment.
Advantages of Sourdough Bread
- Gut-Friendly Fermentation: One of the most significant advantages of sourdough bread lies in its digestibility. The extended fermentation process breaks down gluten and phytic acid, making nutrients more accessible to our bodies. This results in a bread that is gentler on the digestive system, even for individuals with mild gluten sensitivities. You can think of it as similar to foods like kimchi or yogurt or even kombucha (seriously!). All of these foods are like natural probiotics and supplement the healthy bacteria that lives in our gut.
- Improved Nutrient Absorption: Phytic acid, present in many grains, can inhibit the absorption of essential nutrients like iron, zinc, and calcium. Sourdough's fermentation process reduces phytic acid content, enhancing the bioavailability of these nutrients. This means that your body can better absorb and utilize the vitamins and minerals present in both the bread itself and other foods you consume.
- Potential Lower Glycemic Index: The fermentation process in sourdough bread can lead to a lower glycemic index (GI) compared to conventional bread. A lower GI implies slower digestion and a steadier release of glucose into the bloodstream. This can help regulate blood sugar levels, making sourdough bread a favorable choice for individuals seeking to manage their blood sugar.
The only thing to watch out for? Like EVOO, some sourdough loaves on the shelf at the supermarket aren't telling the whole truth. So, you're better off purchasing some from your local baker, or learning how to make it yourself!
Peace, Love & Bread with EVOO,
The Kosterina Team