Sourdough is one of the latest “trendy” products that is gaining a huge amount of attention and rightly so. If you love eating bread but you don’t like the affects of gluten then sourdough may be the answer. Sourdough starts as a fermented mix of flour and natural yeasts, during the fermentation process the gluten gets broken down resulting in a much more edible bread without the bloating affects of normal breads. It is believed that Sourdough bread dates back to around 1500 BC and this has been confirmed by archaeological evidence of Sourdough being discovered around this era in parts of Egypt.
Sourdough certainly is a healthier alternative to regular bread as it contains a lower level of Phytate which makes it easier to digest and helps the body to absorb more nutritional value from the bread. The greatest advantage is that Sourdough is loaded with healthy Prebiotics which are the result of the fermentation process. These Prebiotics are very beneficial for gut health and the condition of your overall health. Studies are showing more and more that many of our health issues start with poor gut health so the more we feed the gut with healthy Prebiotics the better our health will be.
Another area in which Sourdough is being used is in Pizza bases. The pizza takes on a whole new flavour and turns the pizza into a much more nutritious and palatable fast food. For those of us who are on Keto or similar diets the Sourdough Pizza becomes a much more healthy alternative as a “Every now and Then” cheat meal. Another interesting characteristic of sourdough bread is that it triggers a much smaller Insulin response than most other breads which makes it a much better alternative for those with Sugar Diabetes. So if your’e a bread lover then Sourdough is the most healthy alternative however it still contains carbs so don’t go overboard with it.