Hello ladies and gents! Today, we are talking bout the benefits of delicious sourdough bread. Our little lady has become part of our family so we had to give her a name--Sister Sourdough.
The process of fermentation while making sourdough has been proven to improve gut health which is the center and foundation of our immune system. Fermentation in sourdough releases iron, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, folic acid, and other B vitamins naturally. This allows our bodies to take them in and process them more readily.
The long fermentation of traditional sourdough also breaks down gluten which allows people with gluten sensitivity to enjoy bread. How great to be able to have sandwiches and toast again!
Sourdough also has a low GI index which makes it ideal for diabetics of all types (1, 1.5 (LADA), and 2). It also processes more slowly which reduces a spike in blood sugar from the carbs in the bread. This is good news if you're a human being as blood sugar spikes are not good for you.
Sourdough bread is simple to make--the ingredients are flour, water, sourdough starter, and salt. That is it. It's easy to make it organic and super clean, if that's your bag, by using ancient wheat flour (like spelt, Einkorn, Kamut, freekah, and Emmer). You can also get wheat flour at Walmart. Sourdough fits easily into anyone's life and everyone's budget. It's not fussy.
My most favorite part of making and having fresh sourdough around our house is the taste and texture of the bread. The lactic and acetic acids that are released during proving and fermentation pack in huge amounts of flavor in each loaf. The longer you use your same starter the more robust the flavor becomes.
Baking sourdough is easy, and your starter is incredibly hard to kill once you've got it good and established. I'll be doing another post later this week on building your own starter. If you're local to north Dallas I can share some of mine with you. But if you're not local we will walk through creating your own unique to you starter. You can be baking within a week!
Have you guys been getting into sourdough during this crazy pandemic? Is sourdough something you'd like to learn more about?
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