Don't forget to use iodized salt
. With all the fancy kosher and sea salts we use (which are all iodine free) and our modern eating habits, iodine depravation with nasty thyroid problems as the result can happen more easily than one would expect.
I agree that the yeast does not need added sugar. Bread in the Americas is much too sweet for European tastes so I guess it is a matter of getting used to either version.