Bread Done Right

I truly LOVE bread.

There is nothing better than fresh baked bread smothered in salty butter and eaten warm on the spot. Modern day breads have become truly denatured. The practices that were used 100’s of years ago to create nutritious breads have fallen by the wayside for the sake of time. We are a fast food nation and most people do not want to take the time to make things the right way. 

What is the right way? Grains should be sprouted or fermented to prepare the grain for proper digestion. It is so much easier for our bodies to digest fermented and sprouted grains. It does take time to do this however and that why I don’t make my own bread!

Some easy ways to buy sprouted and fermented breads:

Sourdough Bread 
It should list a sourdough starter in the ingredients. You can sometimes even find real sourdough at mainstream grocery stores. Just read the ingredients or if in doubt, call the company. Here is an example of what the ingredients would say (this is taken from The Acme Bread Company’s sourdough bread):
Organic unbleached wheat flour, water, sea salt,sour starter, sea salt, and malted barley flour
What is sourdough anyway? Sourdough is bread that is made by a long fermentation of dough using naturally occuring lactobacilli and yeasts. A starter is made with flour and water. This mixture is allowed to sit for a few days to ferment and then is used to create bread. You keep a small amount in a jar and just keep adding flour and water to it. Eventually you have a “starter” that you can use for anything from pancakes to bread or muffins. Some starters that are used in commercial brands claim to be over a hundred years old, it is called a “mother dough”. 

Sprouted Grain Bread
This bread is made by soaking wheat berries overnight in water, draining them and then allowing them to sprout. They end up with little tails and it usually take a few days. By doing this, you release so many more nutrients and again allow for better digestion. You then grind them along with other ingredients to make your flour and then your bread. 
An example of the ingredients on the back of sprouted bread (from Food For Life 7 Sprouted Grains Bread): Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Rye, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Oats, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Corn, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.
Most of you have heard of the brand
Ezekiel, which is made by the same company. 

These breads still do contain gluten, so if you are avoiding it, they are not for you.

Cheers!

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