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The healthiest bread is sourdough. Research shows it’s the most commonly eaten bread among centenarians in ‘blue zones.’ Not only is sourdough filling, the fermentation process used to make it introduces probiotics that reduce the harmful effects of consuming gluten.
Sourdough bread is made by the fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeast. It uses biological leavening rather than using cultivated baker's yeast. The lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli gives it a more sour taste and improved keeping qualities.
The lactic acid bacteria present in sourdough enhanced acidification, which lead to increased magnesium and phosphorus solubility. ... Sourdough bread also takes longer to digest; studies have shown that rye flour added to sourdough can help regulate blood sugar levels which helps ward off diabetes. (My favourite bread is sourdough rye!)
To make sourdough bread you have to have some "starter' on hand. To me, it's the most important ingredient of your sourdough bread and makes it what it is. To learn about making your 'starter', go to:
Once you get the hang of it, people swear that it's easy to make and maintain.
And now to make the sourdough bread, see:
I looked for the simplest instructions - I hope these are them. I've never made it - sorry - I only buy it (I used to make bread but only with a bread maker which is easy-peasy, but when it died I stopped making bread - I never made sourdough bread though), but for those that are interested, give it a shot. My young teen granddaughter is just getting interested in baking this summer (making use of her time at home during social distancing), I'm going to see if she's game!
I've found two youtube videos that look very helpful in making the sourdough starter and making he actual bread. Hope they help!!
The Complete Sourdough Starter Guide
How to Make Sourdough Bread Using a Foolproof Starter
"Bread is king of the table and all else is merely the court that surrounds the king. The countries are the soup, the meat, the vegetables, the salad but bread is king."
~ Louis Bromfield, American novelist
"All sorrows are less with bread."
~ Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author.