Is Toasting Bread Healthy For Diabetics?? Increases Insulin Levels??

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 4-Feb-2022Read Time : 3 minutes
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There is a lot of food that people with diabetes assume they can't eat. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels can guarantee overall well-being of a diabetic. Bread toast is known to improve body energy and treat diarrhoea. But is toast good for diabetics? Is toasting bread healthy? Here's how to make eating toast healthy with a few valuable ingredient choices, resulting in a wonderfully balanced and tasty way to start the day! Let’s read the article in detail.

Contents:
  • Toast: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Toast for Diabetes
  • Toast vs Bread: Which Is Good For Diabetes?
  • Ways to Consume Toast for Diabetes
  • Best Time To Consume Toast For Diabetes
  • Risks of Over Consuming Toast For Diabetes
  • Other Health Benefits of Toast
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Toast: Nutritional Profile

Whole-grain wheat bread is rich in dietary fibers, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamins A and C. Toasting reduces the glycemic index (GI) and cholesterol content. It is an excellent choice for people with diabetes.  100 grams of toasted bread contains the following nutrition:
Calories: 293
Total Fat: 4 g
Saturated Fat: 0.578 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.09g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.796 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 592 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 54.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g
Sugars: 4.74 g

Advantages of Toast For Diabetes

Toasted bread only turns brown after being exposed to heat and through specific chemical changes, although there is no damage or alteration in its nutritional worth.

  • Contains low fat 
  • Low glycemic index
  • Treats diarrhoea
  • Cures vomiting and nauseated feeling
  • Boosts body energy
  • Prevents blood sugar spikes

Toast vs Bread: Which Is Good For Diabetes?

According to a study, toasted bread has a lower GI than plain bread, making toasted bread healthier than untoasted for diabetics. A low GI ensures glucose is released gradually into the blood with time, bypassing any blood sugar spikes and making the toast healthier than bread. 

However, ensure you’re having whole-grain bread rather than wheat or maida. Whole-wheat bread also has a moderate GI ranging from 56–59, making it diabetic-friendly. So, if you have diabetes and like bread, use a handy toaster for some pleasant, savory whole-grain/wheat toast.

Ways To Consume Toast For Diabetes

Toasting a piece of low GI, high-fiber bread further reduces its GI and makes it healthier. This implies less attention to calorie burn throughout the day and more consistent energy cycles. You can have toast by:

  • Spreading avocado, unsweetened peanut butter, or almond butter on whole-wheat toast 
  • Making it from sprouted grain or sourdough bread

Best Time To Consume Toast For Diabetes

It’s best to consume toast at lunch, allowing you to refuel for the rest of the day and avoiding an energy slump at midday. Whole-grain and wholemeal bread provide complex carbs that promote a delayed release of glucose into the bloodstream, reducing blood sugar spikes throughout the day.

Risks of Over Consuming Toast For Diabetes

More vitamins, minerals, and fiber are found in whole grains than processed grains. However, too much whole-wheat bread can pack on the pounds. Therefore, include your toast consumption when calculating your daily calorie budget.

Acrylamide, a chemical generated in starchy foods during high-heat cooking methods like roasting, baking, and frying, is found in burnt toast. Although animal studies suggest that ingesting significant levels of acrylamide increases the risk of cancer, human research has shown inconsistent findings.

Other Health Benefits of Toast

  • Energy: Low-GI toast contains starch, which is an excellent energy source.
  • Helpful in diarrhea: Toast can help control diarrhea and bring your condition back to normal.
  • Helpful in nausea: It functions as an antacid and is widely regarded as one of the best, easily accessible stomach-coating remedies.
  • Manages weight: Toasting bread lowers its fat content and its GI.
  • Gut health: Whole-grain toast is rich in fiber, with several health advantages, including blood glucose regulation and long-term energy. Fiber also benefits gut health, keeping the belly regular and bloat-free.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Whole-grain wheat bread contains fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamins A and C. Toasting reduces its GI and cholesterol, and fat content, aiding diabetes management.
  • With toast vs. bread, toasted whole-wheat/grain bread has a lower GI than plain bread and wheat/maida variants. Whole-wheat bread has a moderate GI of 56 to 59, making it diabetic-friendly.
  • Toasting the bread improves its flavor and texture. The shift in taste in browned toast makes you feel better and increases your appetite. Spread avocado, unsweetened peanut butter, or almond butter on whole-wheat toast or have sprouted grain or sourdough toast.
  • Whole-grain bread provides complex carbs that promote delayed glucose release into the bloodstream, reducing sugar spikes throughout the day. Hence, it is best to have it for lunch to avoid a midday energy slump.
  • Too much whole-wheat bread can increase weight. Acrylamide, a chemical found in burnt toast, has been shown to increase cancer risk in animals – however, its effects in humans are unclear.
  • Toasting bread helps manage diarrhea, nausea, weight, and gut health.
  • Use Phablecare App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.

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