Bread is magic. Water. Ground grain. Invisible yeast. And you're somehow able to conjure an unlimited amount of fluffy fresh bread — a staple that welcomes the start of a new day.
But isn't bread unhealthy?
Yes, almost every store-bought bread is unhealthy. This is because modern bread (even when wholemeal and stamped with multiple award winning labels), almost always contains ingredients you don't want to be eating.
From iron shavings, soybean oil, gums, emulsifiers... you don't want modern bread in your system. Real bread goes bad in a few days. Modern pre-sliced breads are Frankenstein creations that last for weeks on end.
Overconsumption of modern bread is one of the leading causes of SIBO & candida overgrowth in the intestines.
SIBO: Bacteria from the large intestine makes their way to the small intestine
- Candida: A type of yeast that in large quantities cause gut discomfort
So, what bread should you eat?
Look for bread made the right way. This means sourdough bread (made through fermentation) or regular bread made with ancestral grain like spelt and einkorn. These will be easier on your stomach.
Caveat: If you are suffering from various gut issues it's wise to cut out all grain for a limited period of time. If metabolically healthy you will have no issues consuming fresh sourdough & bread made from ancestral flour like spelt.
But anyone perfectly healthy will have no issues with fresh sourdough & bread made from ancestral flour like spelt.
This email is your sign from the universe to scout local bakeries in your area and make new friends.
But, if you want to make your own?
Here's a very easy beginner sourdough recipe:
- 1 cup (230g) starter + equivalent in distilled water
- 2 cups flour (350g)
- Pinch of salt
- Mix starter, flour and salt well
- Slowly add water until the dough starts to form
- Cover with a damp cloth and let rise overnight (will double in size)
- Preheat oven with enameled dutch oven inside at max temperature
- Carefully remove and place scored dough (slice across with a blade) inside the oven
- Cover with lid and bake for 20 minutes in the center rack
- Remove lid and bake for 10-15 more minutes
- Let cool for 1-2 hours before slicing
It actually is this easy. You can even buy the starter off local marketplaces. May you break some gorgeous bread this week 🥂