The Conversation: Keeping bread in the fridge improves its health benefits

April 30, 2024  17:37

Keeping bread in the fridge keeps it healthy because the temperature affects the bioavailability of starch and blood sugar levels, writes The Conversation.

When baked, starch turns into a semi-solid gel, which is easier for the body to digest. However, when the bread is cooled, the gel becomes solid again, making it harder for cells to access the glucose it contains.

Studies have shown that storing bread in the freezer can prevent spikes in blood sugar and insulin, reducing the risk of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease.

Methods of defrosting and toasting bread, such as using a microwave, toaster or frying pan, can also reduce glucose levels in the body. Freezing, defrosting and then toasting bread is particularly effective and can reduce glucose levels by up to 39 per cent of participants in the experiment.

Follow Medicine on Facebook and Twitter

  • Related News
  • Video
  • Event calendar
  • Archive
  • Most read
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Poll
Are you aware that in 2027 medical insurance will become mandatory for all Armenian citizens?
I’m aware, and I'm in favor
I’m not aware, and I'm against
I'm aware, but I'm still undecided
I'm not aware, but in principle I'm in favor
I'm not aware, but in principle I'm against
It doesn't matter to me