Which bread is best and healthier?

Which bread is best?

So which bread is best digested?  Why not try Sourdough bread.  Sourdough bread is easier to digest.  It is better for blood sugar than most bread.  Sourdough bread is made differently than commercially prepared bread and gluten free breads.  Sourdough is fermented bread.  The fermentation process makes it easier to digest.  Therefore it is less likely to spike blood sugar levels.  This makes the gluten in sourdough bread easier to digest.

Popular in the Mediterranean diet:

Sourdough is really popular in the Mediterranean diets.  It is also very well received in the San Francisco area in California.  Traditional sourdough recipes use wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria.  Lactic acid bacteria are the same type of beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods like yogurt, pickles, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Why is it different?:

Sourdough uses a starter made of fermented wild yeast, lactic acid bacteria, flour and water.  The sourdough starter begins to ferment the sugars in the dough.  This changes the molecular structure.  This breaks down its components, creating lactic acid and lactobacilli.

Probiotic lactobacilli contain the enzyme phytase.  This breaks down phytic acid.  This makes the sourdough bread easier to digest.  Therefore it is easier for the body to use the nutrients and minerals.  Studies show that the lactic acid in sourdough can actually release more antioxidants during fermentation.  Sourdough fermentation also tends to increase the folate levels in the bread too.

This natural fermentation causes sourdough to possess a variety of bioavailable nutrients.  It’s rich in B vitamins, B1, B6, and B12, folate, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E, selenium, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium.  That’s an impressive list there.  It also has well balanced proteins and fatty acids.

Where to get it.

Not all sourdough bread is made the same way.  Depending on how long it ferments and how long it is kneaded, can make a difference in the quality of the bread.  Really tasty bread usually has so much character in its appearance.  If you like sourdough, find one that works for you.  You can usually find fresh baked sourdough breads in quality bakeries.  Quality restaurants also usually have genuine sourdough breads.  The fresher bread is often the tastier one.

How to eat it:

Enjoy your bread with healthy nut butters and bananas.  You can fill it with hummus and roasted or raw (tomatoes and peppers.)  Spread a little honey on your bread.  You can toast it, just be creative .

Other Tips:

  • More recommended breads are:
  • Croissant with butter and honey
  • Rye bread
  • Multigrain bread
    Bread multigrain

    Multigrain bread (whole grain bread make sure the ingredients are listed at the top.)

As with all foods, remember keep it healthy and remember portion control.

I hope you like this post.  Please leave a comment below.

2 Replies to “Which bread is best and healthier?”

  1. Hey Janine:

    Thanks for this post. I do seem to have developed a sensitive stomach as I’ve gotten older and knowing that I’ve been choosing the right kinds of breads for my persnickity gut is great!

    I’m especially on the lookout for rye bread but it doesn’t seem to be as available here on Maui as the others.

    I tend to go with the sourdough ones and am never going to say no to a good croissant.

    1. Hi thanks Netta, once you start to understand your personal digestive system you’ll feel much better.  One of the reasons I started this site was to have a go to when problems pop up, each time I would have to rethink what is going on.  I’m happy I have a site that’s a quick reference.  I am glad it can be beneficial to others too.  Thanks for visiting.  Ask a local bakery about where you can get rye bread or if they will carry it. 

      Janine

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