Is Sourdough Bread Usually Vegan?


When I first went vegan, I thought that bread was off the table.

Doesn’t it have eggs or milk or something?

Then I learned about sourdough bread, which turns out to almost always be vegan.

So much so, that if you see sourdough bread at a restaurant, I would think that it’s safe to order.

A typical sourdough loaf has the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Sourdough starter (flour, wild yeast and lactobacillus bacteria)

Bacteria and yeast are perfectly fine for a vegan, so yes, sourdough bread is usually vegan friendly.

I would still advise you to check the label or ask the baker before buying, because in some cases milk is added to the sourdough starter. However, you should be fine in most cases.

Now “normal” bread often does have dairy, so that’s a whole other story.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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