What is a Sourdough Starter and Why should I care?
A sourdough starter is a miraculous creation that uses the naturally occurring yeast in our environment and turns it into a form which allows us to produce delicious baked goods without the addition of traditional commercial yeast that you purchase from the store. One of the most common baked goods you may have heard of is sourdough bread, but a starter can also be used to make delicious pancakes, English muffins and sourdough bakes to name a few.
By now you may be asking, "Why should I care?". Well to make it simple, baked goods made from a sourdough starter rather than traditional store bought yeast packets, are just better for you and due to the fermentation process, they last longer as well. Similar to other fermented foods, such a sauerkraut, keifer or pickles, sourdough contains lactobacillus cultures. While these little guys unfortunately can't survive the baking process (they do amazing things for your gut), they produce another benefit called lactic acid. The lactic acid in sourdough decreases another acid found in bread called phytic acid. Phytic acid is the culprit responsible for making the nutrients in your food less digestible. With the lower levels of phytic acids, your body is able to better use the nutrients found in your food. The lower levels also help other components in your food (such as gluten) to become more digestible, this is why many people who are gluten intolerant can eat sourdough.
So are you ready to start your own? Click here to follow this easy recipe and start your own journey to healthier baked goods!
Disclaimer: This post is not reviewed by a physician and should not be considered as medical advice. Check with your physician before making major dietary changes.