One of the most common food groups that participants of The 30 Clean want to reintroduce back into their diet is grain of some kind. Many people miss bread. However, many also fear the reintroduction of bread will mean bloating, gas and other possibly uncomfortable symptoms. So, what is the best way to introduce bread back into your diet and is there any health benefit?
First, it is important to be mindful during the reintroduction phase, so you can understand if you have any potential intolerance or allergy to grains or gluten. I personally believe sourdough bread is one of the best ways to reintroduce wheat to your diet. Why sourdough bread? The answer is found in the bran part of wheat called phytic acid. It is a safety mechanism that protects the seed but makes it extremely hard for our bodies to digest. In commercial breads, wheat flours and grains, phytic acid is what inhibits enzymes that are needed for the breakdown of proteins and starch; making it difficult to digest. Phytic acid also binds to minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc making these important nutrients unavailable for the body to absorb.
But sourdough bread actually predigests the flour and reduces the phylates, which makes this bread easier to digest and releases those necessary micronutrients. Sourdough bread is actually an ally and the wild yeasts in the sourdough starter neutralize phytic acid while the bread rises over a 12-24 hour time period. So, sourdough bread may actually be okay for those intolerant to gluten and it may aid in digestion instead of inhibiting it. Now when you think of piping hot sourdough bread with grass-fed butter, you can actually feel good about the decision to eat it!
Sourdough bread is truly EASY to make. It just takes intention. I mix up my bread in the morning (a process that only takes about 10 minutes ) and let it sit overnight while the fermentation of the starter does its magic. In the morning I bake it and the smell of freshly baked bread brings smiles to everyone’s face. It has become the most asked for bread that I have made over the years. The ingredients are simple too- flour, water, salt, coconut oil and honey. So when you are ready to reintroduce wheat, give sourdough bread a try. You really can make delicious and nutritious bread that you and your family will not only enjoy, but mostly likely not feel any uncomfortable symptoms from eating.
The sourdough recipe can also double as pizza dough, tortillas and hamburger buns, giving your family healthy choices instead of store bought breads containing artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup and rancid oils that affect your digestion and your health. Get your sourdough recipe HERE and let me know how you like it! Don’t forget to spread it with fresh homemade butter! Don’t forget your sourdough culture, which you can purchase HERE. Once you have your first starter, you will have it forever as long as you take care of it. There are actually starters that are over a hundred years old. Shows just how ancient this bread really is!
Enjoy friends- and if you have any questions- feel free to send me a message.
~ Chris Williams