Let's be honest. Most of us like bread… a lot. But maybe you gave it up for a while because you thought you should. Or a friend at work said they were trying a new diet that eliminates carbs. Or you saw something on your morning show that slammed bread. Because doesn't it have gluten? And it's full of carbs... both are bad for you... right!?
In our non-certified, non-professional, non-expert opinion... bread can be part of a healthy and happy lifestyle. You're welcome - you have our permission.
Of course we're not talking about the white stuff, nor the majority of the bread you find on supermarket shelves, nor eating a whole bread basket at Olive Garden.
We're talking about a reasonable portion of high-quality bread that is made with the best ingredients and transformed through fermentation. Real sourdough.
Today we've got 7 reasons why you should feel good about choosing to eat sourdough regularly.
** The following statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration, nor reviewed by a medical professional. If you have any concerns, please see your health practitioner.
1. Ancient Origins.
Sourdough bread made with stone-ground flour and wild yeast comes from a very ancient and natural origin. It is the oldest form of leavened bread, and has been eaten as part of a natural diet for a long, long time.
2. The fermentation maximizes mineral absorption.
During the slow fermentation of sourdough, the wild yeast and lactobacillus in the leaven break down the phytic acid in the wheat. Because phytic acid is a food inhibitor that impairs the absorption of certain minerals and nutrients, the fermentation process is ideal for counteracting these effects. Plus, some naturopaths suspect phytic acid causes bloating and flatulence, so the fermentation process may help to minimize these effects as well.
3. Sourdough is easier to digest.
It is said that sourdough contains "pre-digested" grains. The reason is because the bacteria-yeast composition starts to break down the starches in the grains before they even reach your stomach. This means there is much less work for your body to do, making digestion easier on your gut.
4. Fewer preservatives.
There's the saying "you are what you eat". While we're not totally a fan of this phrase, we do believe in being mindful of added ingredients that aren't completely necessary when food is properly prepared. Since sourdough bread contains acetic acid, it naturally prevents the growth of mold. So the added preservatives you find in mass-produced supermarket bread are not required to make sourdough last.
5. Good fuel.
It's fast, it's easy, it's delicious, and it's nutritious. This makes sourdough a great snack that gives you fuel to make it through your day. And since it's been fermented, it also 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.
6. It's the foundation of a perfect sandwich.
Sandwiches are a great way to include many healthy foods in your diet. A few of our go-tos are hummus, avocado, veggies, egg, grilled chicken, tofu, and tuna. Of course the list is endless!
And lastly, as my father would say...
7. It tastes bloody delicious.
We believe eating things that truly give you joy contributes to a healthy lifestyle. There is something to be said for taking a moment to deeply appreciate the happiness you’re getting from food injected with love. From our experience, the more you restrict, the more you want something, and then the more you overeat... and then feel guilty. There are enough things in life that cause bad feelings; bread shouldn't be one of them. So if you really like something, give yourself permission to deeply enjoy it.
With all these reasons to feel good about the choice to make sourdough a regular part of your diet, why not try a loaf or two this week?
And when you do take a bite of that chewy and delicious crumb, take a moment to deeply enjoy bread and the nourishment it provides.