I love sourdough bread. Nutritionally, it is far superior to yeast risen or quick bread. World over, it is sought out for it’s incredible taste and texture. Sourdough bread is one of the true wonders of the world. Made from a starter of just flour, water and time, it is one of the best breads you will ever eat. Not only does it taste wonderful, but it is also good for us. Many people who cannot tolerate the gluten in regular bread, can handle sourdough bread just fine.
As you may know, sourdough is a fermented food. We have lots of beneficial bacteria in our gut, and sourdough, along with other fermented food, help keep things happy down there. These good guys boost our immune system and keep us healthy. They help us fight infection.
We also have harmful agents in our gut. These agents attack our immune system They let us get sick and make it easier for us to get infections. Sugar and refined foods feed these. (as do antibiotics)
Better Than Whole Wheat Bread
Whole wheat Sourdough bread gives us all the benefits of regular whole wheat bread and then some. All of the fiber that we need is still there. I will do a post on the benefits of fiber, and why it is so necessary in our diets another time. Sourdough bread contains all of the vitamins available in wheat bread. There are also some vitamins and minerals that are bound in wheat that are made available by fermenting the bread dough. I just cannot say enough about why you should include this incredible food in your diet.
Beware of Store Labels
One last thing. All sourdough is not alike. Large manufacturers will sometimes use sourdough in their bread for marketing purposes only. It may taste like sour dough, but, it has not been allowed to slowly ferment the dough. It cannot give you all of the benefits of real sourdough bread. So, if you are buying instead of making sourdough bread, make sure it is slow fermented and made from a live sourdough starter.
Easiest Sourdough Bread
I give you then, the sourdough recipe that has worked for me since I have started making it. This recipe is so easy and gives consistently great results. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and that it will be a happy addition to your baking.
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