Man Explains The Real Reason Why Restaurants Give Out Free Bread At The Start Of Meal

There's a very specific reason why restaurants give out free bread at the start of a meal.
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There’s a very specific reason why restaurants give out free bread at the start of a meal.

The bread basket is a pre-meal game-changer we all know and love.

Imagine you’re on holiday, just soaking in the art of doing absolutely nothing, and your stomach starts growling and so you head for some food.

Enter the complimentary bread basket.

Suddenly, the sight of that soft, pillowy bread, soaking up pools of olive oil and balsamic, or snuggled next to a pat of butter, becomes almost irresistible – even if you’re trying to lay off the carbs.

Well, one TikToker spilt the beans about why certain restaurants are practically shoving bread in our faces.

And guess what? It’s not just some filler trick.

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Manvir Dosanjh explains: “Why do they give us free bread at restaurants?

“Look at this bread, it’s delicious with butter.

“What happens when you eat the bread, [it] spikes your blood sugar, then it crashes. So what happens?

“You want to eat more, you have more cravings at the end to buy desserts. So what do we do instead?”

He then explains that he chooses to take a packet of fibre powder to the restaurant with him.

The fibre supplement allegedly slows down digestion and helps you feel fuller for longer – reducing appetite and food intake.

TikToker explains why restaurants give out free bread.
There are numerous theories on why we are given free bread in restaurants. Credit: @manvirdosanjh/TikTok

He continues: “I did it, my fiancee did it.

“What happens is my blood sugars are now under control.

“No more cravings, no more bloating. Now, in the end, you don’t have to buy desserts.

“You’re going to feel better, take care of your health and save money while you’re at it.”

Last year, The Guardian delved into the curious ‘free bread’ theory a little deeper.

Ken Grant, a veteran of the culinary arts for over four decades, shared his wisdom.

He suggested: “I would say that, in some cases, an establishment has a good baker and a great recipe and just want to showcase.

“In other cases, it might be to reduce consumption in an ‘all you can eat’ situation.

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“In other cases, it is simply a delightful pairing to get the taste buds flowing and might induce further requests for other options or courses.

“But I will say: if the bread is not good at the start of any meal, it can easily spoil the entire meal.”

Some had other theories.

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One person suggested: “It’s because bread defrosts quicker than the meal.”

Someone else remarked: “Most restaurants in the UK don’t do this now, in my experience.

“Bread is now one of the starters listed. Even in places where it appears to be complimentary, you are generally charged for it.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.