In this episode of Life Butter Radio we shift from considering food and diet holistically to looking very specifically at one food substance that we all love (though we may have trained ourselves to think otherwise), and that is BREAD. Discussion around bread has been quite loaded for the last 12 months or so; many health educators, insta-chefs and doctors argue that we should eschew not only bread, but all grains or even carbohydrates completely. Others argue that carbohydrates and some grains are an essential component in our diets, but caution that gluten triggers an inflammatory response in most people and should therefore be avoided. We got into this a little bit in Episode 9 with the nutritionally-based food business Fig and Bloom, for whom the growing body of evidence damning gluten was enough for them to make all their recipes gluten free.
And yet, whether you happily eat cream cheese bagels or plump for paleo pancakes, many of us continue to consume bread (or bread-like substances) because it is SO DAMN TASTY, bulks out a meal, and makes convenience food possible. And did I mention that it's so damn tasty? Bread also features in all our best stories (Jesus didn't feed 5,000 with fish and a nutcake), and its very smell is so pleasant and homey that hopeful vendors bake a loaf before viewing their homes. And though many of us feel better for keeping clear of bread, some of us can quite clearly subside on ham and cheese sandwiches without issue.
So how can we rescue bread for the masses? Can we have the pleasure of bread back, not just as a one-off, but as a part of life, without the guilt? Life Butter sat down with two East London bread makers who are harnassing the power of sourdough to make breads and loaves (you'll appreciate the difference pretty quickly into the show) that aren't just delicious, but improve our digestion and gut bacteria. Stay tuned to find out how you can go back to enjoying toast, sandwiches and even pizza guilt-free, and what grains have to do with population, food culture and the environment.
In this episode we mentioned the theory that whole grains are actually not the healthier way to consume grains. This article by Goop in conversation with Dr. Steven Gundry delves into the detail of this argument a bit more.