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Digestibility & Nutrition of Bread Diploma #RCGP Accredited

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Vanessa Kimbell

The Sourdough School

Sourdough nutrition and digestibility Diploma
This workshop is ideal for health professionals. We explore bread in relation to health issues such as wheat intolerances, no coeliac gluten intolerance. IBS, Diabeties and blood sugar management, nutrition.

We discuss fermentation techniques and how the fermentation process transforms the bread, explaining the increase the bioavailability of key nutrients, which can significantly boost the nutrition density of bread.  The course also looks examines the sourdough process in relation to the breakdowns of macronutrients and explores the evidence in relation to health issues around wheat.  The aim of this diploma is to look bread and wheat and it’s role in  health and discuss the process of baking bread with a view to digestion, and explain how the way  sourdough process and choice of flour can help support health – this is an evidence based course and supported by references to over 200 clinical studies.

Course syllabus

  1. Overview of bread.  History of bread.
  2. Sourdough discussion on types of lactic acid bacteria, yeasts and their functions, affect on flavour and respective contributions to the nutritional profile of sourdough breads
  3. Sourdough fermentation process: An understanding of the biochemical processes that take place during sourdough fermentation and its effects on gluten degradation, bioactive peptides, lipids, complex carbohydrates (fibre), anti-nutrient compounds such as phytic acid, phenolic compounds (such as flavonoids), antioxidants, bioavailability of vitamins and minerals, in relation to specific clinical evidence, and the significance for health issues.
  4. Sourdough in relation to gluten allergies, intolerances, sensitivities and Coeliac disease. Why is sourdough more tolerated?
  5. Sourdough and its influence on the gut microbiome, glycaemic response and the management of blood sugar.
  6. Sourdough and the mechanism to reduce FODMAP in relation to IBS and how sourdough can support the gut microbiome in relation to the use of specific grains such as rye, spelt, barley, khorasan, oats and sprouted wheat.
  7. Discussion and overview on the types of grains and flour used in sourdough. Including wholegrain, white, stoneground and roller-milled flour, their nutritional and health benefits and understanding the mechanisms of allergies and intolerances in relation to types of flour including modern wheat vs heritage grains and the genetics
  8. Group discussion on gluten intolerance, non-coeliac gluten intolerance, allergies and sensitivities.


The school will be able to support students with practical information including easy recipes, sourdough starter shares, connections to local mills and bakeries, and access to resources for student to apply and integrate the knowledge into practical everyday solutions.

Diploma’s will be awarded following a multiple choice style assessment, to check students understanding with pass rate of 70% and above in order to receive diploma.

*Please note that the course is designed for professional level health practitioners


October 13, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Sourdough School
+44 (0)7813 308301


The Sourdough School
Pitsford, Northampton NN6 9AU United Kingdom + Google Map
+44 (0)7813 308301