How does sourdough help gut health?

The fermentation process produces prebiotics. Prebiotics are food or compounds in food that are beneficial to the gut microbiome.

Although the beneficial microbes in the starter tend to be lost during the baking process, the fibre and plant compounds, called polyphenols, become more bio-available. These act as an important fuel source for our gut microbes, which explains why sourdough is a gut-friendly choice.

One of the potential prebiotics released by lactic acid bacteria in sourdough starters is beta-glucan, which boosts probiotic activity after digestion.

Sourdough provides an important source of prebiotic food for the probiotics in your digestive system.