I LOVE bread. Specifically toasted, with butter, and raw honey. Is there anything better? HOWEVER - up until a year ago, I didn’t realize how it made me feel. I thought feeling bloated and a little sick after breakfast was normal… but guess what?! - It’s NOT.
Fast forward to the last 6 months of my sourdough journey and I’m making DELICIOUS artisan bread that’s GOOD for my gut and it doesn’t make me feel like laying on the couch after breakfast. (WINNING!)
If you just want to see the process, check out the video! -- If you want to know my 3 reasons, keep reading!
3 Reasons Why YOU should make Sourdough with me!
#1 It’s better for you!
Abreadaffair.com gives such a great list of WHY to eat sourdough. - I’m just going to use their list! I’m a little bit of a nerd so I love knowing the why behind the dough. Here it is:
It is easy to digest. The bacteria-yeast composition will start to break down the starches found in the grains before it even reaches your stomach. That means there is way less work to be done, making it much easier on your gut.
It has a lower glycemic index. Compared to many other types of bread, sourdough is fermented in a way that depletes bad starches within it. This means that it won’t cause your blood sugar to rise so drastically upon eating it.
Better for gluten-sensitivity. The longer prep time for sourdough bread means that much of the protein gluten is broken down into amino acids before you consume it. The extensive soaking, rinsing, and other preparation steps means that it is easier to eat and digest, especially if you have mild sensitivities to gluten.
More “good acid” Lactobacillusis a kind of bacteria found in sourdough bread more so than other types of bread and it results in higher levels of lactic acid. This is important because it means there is less room for phytic acid, which can be potentially dangerous. Larger quantities of lactic acid also result in easier digestion and accessibility to more minerals.
Provides healthy bacteria. Sourdough bread is fermented in a way that fosters more beneficial bacteria in the bread and in your body when you eat it.
Less yeast. Healthy bacteria in sourdough bread works to reduce yeast populations, so the likelihood of infection and/or overgrowth is substantially lower.
Natural origins. Sourdough bread made with whole flour, wild yeast and bacteria comes from a very “natural” origin. It is the oldest form of leavened bread; we have been eating it as part of a natural diet for a long, long time.
Fewer preservatives. Sourdough bread contains acetic acid, which naturally prevents the growth of mold. It naturally preserves itself, meaning that toxic preservatives are not required to make it last and you can opt out of the hazardous build-up of preservatives in the food supply chain.
Good fuel. Made from wheat, sourdough bread fuels the production of good bacteria in your gut – much like the inulin and oligosaccharides found in onions, leeks, bananas, garlic, asparagus, and so on.
It’s nutritious. Sourdough contains a variety of vitamins and nutrients, making it super beneficial to your day-to-day health. Sourdough bread has small to moderate amounts of: iron, manganese, calcium, B1-B6, B12, folate, zinc, potassium, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, selenium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin E. What a great selection! Compared to other breads, sourdough maintains many of the original nutrients that are processed out of other kinds of bread.
#2 It’s FUN to make!
I always tell Jonathan I can’t explain why I like making sourdough so much. It’s so.much.fun. Maybe because it feels like art… that I can eat. (and that’s good for me!)
It always baffles me that I can make something so beautiful from “nothing” which has been a **mild** obsession since I was a young.
Sourdough is another expression of that obsession. You can literally take flour, water, salt (and a little honey) and make “art” that is DELICIOUS and nutritious!
#3 Talk about the YUM!!!!! - (Jonathan loves it)
I count it an ULTIMATE win when I can make tasty food that is both beautiful AND good for me. Sourdough has become just that around here. I can’t count the number of times Jonathan has told me this is his favorite bread. Also - you want to make the best French toast you’ve ever had?! Use sourdough! - You won’t believe it until you try it. It’s A-M-AZing
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