Whether it's avocado toast or a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, bread makes its way into our lives on a regular basis. We know that whole-grain bread is always a healthier choice than white bread, and we know we should look for high fiber content in the bread we eat.
What about sprouted bread, though? Is that a healthier choice as well? Or just a load of rubbish?
First of all, let's talk about what sprouted bread actually is: it's made when wheat kernels have been soaked and sprouted, then ground and baked into a loaf of bread. This is different from regular whole-wheat bread, where the wheat kernels are ground just the way they are.
Sprouted bread is said to be more nutritious, and Julieanna Hever, certified plant-based dietitian, confirmed this is true. "Some of the nutrients are retained and better absorbed when sprouted as opposed to a further processed bread," Hever told POPSUGAR. "Nutrients may be more readily absorbed in the body when they are sprouted prior to consumption."
When you sprout grains, you eliminate phytic acid, an enzyme inhibitor that isn't easily processed by the body. That's why sprouted bread is said to be easier on the digestive system.
If you're sensitive to gluten, sprouted bread might be a good choice for you. Although it's not entirely void of gluten, it does contain less gluten than your average wheat bread. Additionally, sprouted bread contains more protein, as well as less fat and carbohydrates than the other stuff you find in the bread aisle.
"I recommend opting for sprouted food products whenever possible and to even attempt sprouting at home," Hever told POPSUGAR. "Eating sprouts is an extraordinarily nutrient-dense and health-promoting addition to anyone's diet."
Worried about whether sprouted bread will taste good? Silver Hills is a great place to start. Its breads taste so delicious, you won't even know the difference. Food For Life is another yummy brand that makes the perfect base for your beloved avocado toast. It doesn't take long to fall in love with the nutty, rich taste of sprouted bread. You may never go back.