Can This Hack Make Bread Healthier?

Carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes have been unfairly demonized thanks to the pervasive effects of diet culture, but they all feature in the Mediterranean diet, which is scientifically regarded as one of the best and most balanced ways we can eat. Unless you’re gluten-intolerant or celiac, there’s no reason to view them as the enemy. However, eating them in excess–particularly the refined, white iterations, like supermarket white bread and pasta–can cause blood sugar spikes, which can in turn lead to mood swings, unstable energy levels and hunger pangs.

Cook, cool, and reheat: Emily English–also known as @EmTheNutritionist on Instagram–has a hack to prevent drastic blood sugar spikes from occurring after consuming these foods, and it couldn’t be easier. “My free tip of the day is to cook, cool and reheat your starch foods,” she explained during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning. “When you freeze bread, the starch in [it] converts to resistant starch, which slows down blood sugar spikes.” This process is called retrogradation.

Excerpted from Vogue

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