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March 26, 2015 at 12:57 am #3572
Those findings are pretty convincing. In my own research, I found that the sourdough fermentation uses the lactic acid to stabilize the wheat germ, which holds gluten. This difference in fermentation of sourdough also enhances the nutritional value of the bread. All of these benefits are due to the lactobacilli which does the fermentation, by degrading the prolamins in the wheat, like the study you found showed (1). This special fermentation renders the gluten digestible for celiac patients. I wish more of the gluten free population knew about this, sourdough bread could be a healthier and cheaper alternative to the gluten free breads.
Gobbetti M, et al. How the sourdough may affect the functional features of leavened baked goods. Food Microbiol. 2014 Feb;37:30-40. doi: 10.1016/j.fm.2013.04.012.March 2, 2015 at 11:55 pm #3454
Diet plays a significant role in hypertension, whether it be increasing the risk or preventing it. Appel et al developed a study of dietary approaches to stop hypertension (DASH). It was proven that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products lowers blood pressure by a significant amount (1). Sacks et all conducted a similar study looking at the effects of this same DASH diet in addition to the influence sodium has on hypertension. The results showed that a reduction of daily sodium allowance along with a DASH diet significantly lowered blood pressure in the subjects (2). Currently, the recommended daily allowance for sodium is 2,300 mg. However, the average American consumes about 3,400 mg per day. Most of this sodium is found in processed foods. The idea has been proposed to lower the RDA to 1,500 mg in order to decrease the prevalence of hypertension (3). To lower your blood pressure, eat more fruits and vegetables (1) and lower your sodium intake (2). Cutting out fast food and processed foods will have a dramatic influence on reducing your risk for hypertension (3).
1. Appel L, et al. A Clinical Trail of the Effects of Dietary Patterns on Blood Pressure. 1997. The New England Journal of Medicine. 336(16):1117-24.
2. Sacks F, et al. Effects on Blood Pressure of Reduced Dietary Sodium and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet. 2001. The New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200101043440101.
3. Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label. 2014. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.