From preaching low carb diets to prohibiting the waiter from bringing the bread basket, there is surely a lot of shame out there. “We are all on a mission to avoid bread, or so it seems,” says weight loss expert Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, MD, better known as “Dr. Taz,” author of What Doctors Eat and The 21-Day Belly Fix “Loaded with carbohydrates and sometimes refined flours, bread is now the new enemy, replacing the fat fear of the 80s. But, believe it or not, there are healthy bread options if you play your cards well.”
And we’re not just talking about Ezekiel and belly-friendly whole grains. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that if you freeze, thaw and then toast white bread, you can decrease its impact on blood sugar by lowering your glycemic index, which, in turn, prevents your body from storing calories as fat
To reach this finding, the researchers recruited ten healthy adults to taste the fresh white bread that was frozen and then thawed, roasted from fresh or roasted after freezing and thawing. Fasting blood samples were taken before the participants ate the bread and then 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after starting to eat. The researchers found that while all three storage and preparation conditions reduced the glycemic index of bread, roasting after freezing and thawing minimized blood sugar spikes.
The bottom line: freezing your Wonder Bread and then putting a slice in the toaster after it has thawed can prevent annoying blood sugar spikes and even annoying weight gain. Do you need another reason to toast your toast? Check out these 20 secrets to eating bread without getting fat.