Getting Started with Sourdough: A Beginner’s Guide
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In addition to being uniquely delicious, many people find sourdough easier to digest than other breads because of the fermentation process. Many store-bought sourdough breads use commercial yeast and only use sourdough starter for the taste, to speed up the process, but there’s a lot of interesting science about why home baked (or if you’re lucky enough to have a traditional bakery near you, we have a few here) sourdough bread is chemically different than commercially yeasted bread.
There are some claims that even people with celiac disease can eat long fermented sourdough, but that is only backed up by one very small study so far. I think in coming years we are going to be hearing a lot more about the benefits of fermenting foods before we eat them, for both health and taste. If you’re on a low-gluten diet for whatever reason, consider adding some traditional long fermented sourdough.