Sourdough bread has been around for thousands of years. Uprising Food? Well… maybe not quite as long as that. But we’ll work on it.
And yet, we feel confident that our Superfood Bread can compete with the entire sourdough bread category. Yes, we really are that good.
What is Sourdough Bread?
As one of the oldest recorded forms of bread, sourdough bread can trace its roots to many early civilizations including ancient Egypt.
Like many kinds of bread, sourdough bread is created from a starter of flour and water. The combination uses lactic acid bacteria and a wild yeast as the only leavening agents. Both the lactic acid bacteria and yeast naturally occur in the dough and don’t need to be added in, although some companies add more.
As the grain ferments, it creates gases that give the starter dough its rise. The process of fermentation and rising nearly always takes a particularly long time for sourdough. During the rise, the sugar in the dough also ferments and gives the sourdough starter its famous “sour” taste.
Should You Eat Sourdough Bread?
In the process of finding your favorite bread to be a staple in your household, you will likely try a variety of different bread variations. Sourdough has been regaining popularity as of late, thanks to its unique taste, supple texture, and crispy crust.
But is it good for you?
The Pros of Sourdough Bread
The nutritional content of sourdough bread is about the same as what you’d find in other kinds of bread. However, when made with whole grains, sourdough bread has a few defining healthy characteristics.
The long fermenting process creates prebiotics, which makes sourdough a beneficial bread for your GI tract. Plus, sourdough’s naturally low phytate levels make for easier mineral absorption.
Sourdough bread also has less gluten than other types of bread and is therefore lower in FODMAPS.
While FODMAPS can be beneficial to GI health for those who can tolerate it, most people have a hard time with it and end up with digestive discomfort like bloating and gas. So, choosing food with lower FODMAPS makes the digestion process easier for many, especially for those with sensitive GI systems or issues like IBS.
The Cons of Sourdough Bread
As with all bread, some types of sourdough can be unhealthy. Added sugars in sourdough breads increase the carbohydrate and calorie counts, which may not be what you’re looking for in your bread.
Additionally, although sourdough bread is lower in gluten, people who have gluten intolerances or other digestive issues should still stay away as it can still cause a comparable inflammatory response to higher gluten breads.
What To Look For in the Sourdough Bread You Buy
This is especially important for sourdough bread, considering how its re-emerging popularity is causing more companies to make it in a non-traditional way just so they can catch the trend. But cutting corners in sourdough strips away a lot of the health benefits that traditional sourdough offers.
> Avoid bleached or refined flours
Bleached and refined flours are usually stripped of vital nutrients from grains during the creation process. That means that you won’t be getting any of the nutritional benefits from the bread you’re eating.
> Added sugar
Natural sugars that often exist in bread are fine for consumption, as sugar is not an unusual ingredient to include in bread.
However, added sugar, be it refined or raw, isn’t ideal for a healthy bread choice. When looking at a label, make sure that there are, at most, only a few grams of sugar per piece of bread in the loaf. Any more than that is just plain unnecessary.
The more sour the taste, the longer the fermenting and rising process. That means more antioxidants and yummy fermentation benefits for you and your gut!
> Healthy flour choices
Whole grain, rye, and spelt are all good choices as your sourdough’s flour base.
Whole grain is one of the most nutritious flour choices and has high fiber, making it easier for you to absorb nutrients and aid gut health than it would be for other flour types. Spelt has a relatively low gluten count, but a high vitamin count for flour. Rye, like whole grain, also has high nutrition levels and fiber counts for flour.
Why Uprising Food is the Better Choice
An entire bread category against a bread company—it seems like an odd battle. And yet, we still feel like we’re the superior choice.
Wondering why we are so confident? Our main two reasons are below:
Our Superfood Bread at Uprising Food is made with, you guessed it, superfoods.
To be a superfood means significant health benefits and dense nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Some superfoods are super in their natural form, such as nuts, legumes, and berries. Others are made super, such as miso or kimchi.
As fiber intake nowadays is surprisingly low in the United States, our superfood bread was designed to close the fiber gap that so many Americans don’t even know they have. Fiber is absolutely crucial to gut and bowel health, and yet, nobody seems to realize that their gastrointestinal discomfort can come from a lack of fiber in their diet. When you don’t get enough fiber, you run the risk of upsetting your gut and having increasingly uncomfortable symptoms as a result (diarrea, skin issues, high blood pressure, bloating, and more -- gut health is health!).
Our bread has nine grams of fiber per slice, which is triple the amount standard breads have. It drastically cuts down on the amount of carbs consumed in other breads, and has double the protein.
Additionally, our bread cube is made without gluten, is paleo-approved, and keto-friendly. It’s even dairy-free! All of this, and it still manages to be a crazy delicious slice that you will constantly keep coming back for.
Still not convinced? Why not try out our 3-Day Toast Cleanse? Yep, we really want you to eat 72 hours of nothing but our bread. Cleanse your body and feed your gut, then see how you feel. That way if you truly doubt us now, you’ll believe it when you see the results for yourself!
Our Dedication To Eating Clean
For many, the idea of clean eating is just a diet trend that is not as beneficial as people hype it up to be.
But, don’t get us wrong -- we’re not advocating for you to only eat raw foods or never have anything processed ever again. We are only asking for you to look at what you consume and consider how many artificial ingredients you put in your body day by day.
The idea of eating more cleanly simply means that you should start to eat fewer processed foods, or eat food that has been processed as minimally as you can, or eat food that uses clean ingredients without artificial additives and preservatives.
Our bread doesn’t have a long and confusing ingredient list where you can barely pronounce the ingredient name, let alone know what it does or what it is.
We make bread with only three fiber powerhouses and five other clean ingredients: almond flour, golden flaxseed, psyllium husk, apple cider vinegar, organic egg whites, baking powder, water, and salt.
These are ingredients you can trust, and we are proud of them. Healthy, clean eating is only a few clicks away!
In the general scheme of things, sourdough bread is actually a pretty good choice among all the bread out there. It’s popular for a reason. That said, it’s not the healthiest bread choice out there—we’d like to think that title is reserved for us.
We at Uprising Food aren’t looking to deceive you. We’re an open book -- our ingredients and methods clear as day. All we want to do is give you your choice back, the choice to choose healthy eating.