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Is Sourdough Bread Healthy?

by Toni Olukiran

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Many of us put our baking hats on over lockdown to give making sourdough from scratch a go, but is sourdough actually healthy? Find out what you need to know here.

What is sourdough?

Sourdough is a type of bread that is leavened, meaning the dough rises through fermenting the grain which releases gas (taking the place of commercial yeast). The process of fermentation requires bakers to make a sourdough starter; the starter is a mix of yeast which after it has properly fermented can be used to make sourdough bread. It is therefore also vegan since it generally consists of bread flour, water and some salt and sugar. 

Does sourdough have any nutritional value?

Sourdough is a good source of protein and fibre, though the exact value is dependent on what type of flour is used (white has less of fibre versus wholewheat, for example). It’s also a good source of:

  • B vitamins
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

Is sourdough healthy?

In many ways, sourdough is quite good for you, and this is probably best illustrated by its probiotic properties. Sourdough contains naturally occurring bacteria that promotes good gut health. It is also considered to have higher nutritional value than other types of bread, containing higher levels of folate and antioxidants. It can absolutely be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.

Got any more questions? Let us know in the comments.

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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