How to make your own sourdough bread

But aside from being a slow, mindful practice, what health benefits does sourdough bread offer, and why is it touted as ‘the healthiest bread’? This means it relies on the naturally occurring ‘wild yeast’ created during the process of fermenting flour and water – the sourdough starter. The exact nutrition profile of sourdough bread depends on the type of flour used to make it. However, the long fermentation process required to make a sourdough starter breaks most of these phytates down, meaning the minerals in the bread are more easily absorbed by our bodies. ‘Lactobacilli, the bacteria found in sourdough, is a probiotic, which means it has health benefits when it’s ingested in the right form and dose,’ reveals Medlin.