From preaching low carb diets to forbidding the waiter from bringing over the bread basket, there sure is a lot of loaf-shaming 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 right.”
And we’re not just talking belly-friendly whole grain and Ezekiel. A study published in the European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition shows that if you freeze, thaw, and then toast white bread, it can lessen its impact on your blood sugar by lowering its glycemic index—which, in turn, prevents your body from storing calories as fat.
To come to this finding, researchers recruited ten healthy adults to test out fresh white bread that underwent freezing and then defrosting, toasting from fresh, or toasting after both freezing and defrosting. Fasting blood samples were taken before the participants ate the bread and then 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after beginning to eat. The researchers discovered that while all three storage and preparation conditions lowered the bread’s glycemic index, toasting after both freezing and defrosting minimized blood sugar spikes the most.
The takeaway: freezing your Wonder Bread and then popping a slice into the toaster after it has defrosted can prevent pesky blood sugar spikes and even peskier weight gain. Need another reason to toast to your toast? Check out these 20 Secrets for Eating Bread Without Getting Fat.