New Delhi: Roti or bread for weight loss, this has been an endless debate where many believe that the popular Indian flatbread could come in the way of weight loss. Holistic healthcare experts, however, rarely recommend bread over roti for several reasons. Despite being of many types, brown, whole-wheat or multigrain, bread is more likely to contain sugar, preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients.
But the question remains, is roti better than bread for weight loss? Read on to find out.
Fibre content: Comparing the fibre content of roti and bread, roti is made from whole-wheat flour while the bread is made from refined flour. The latter is stripped of its inherent nutrients that induce satiety and keep the digestive tract clear. Roti, on the other hand, is rich in fibre making it a healthier choice. Roti alternatively is also prepared from grain flours like bajra, ragi and jowar.
Yeast: Roti does not contain yeast but bread does. It is added to make bread fluffier and softer. However, this component does more harm than good as it causes dehydration and takes a toll on the digestive system. Sometimes, even the colouring agents like those which give brown bread its hue along with the fermentation process and the preservatives ruin the nutritional value of bread. Roti, however, has its dough prepared with just flour, water and sometimes salt and is cooked with minimal or no oil. Therefore, in this case, too, it becomes a safer choice.
Room for stuffing: Rotis can be made healthier by including vegetables, soybean, eggs or grilled or shredded chicken. With bread, one can only prepare sandwiches stuffed with vegetables or chicken. Roti needs to be cooked and served fresh to get maximum benefits. Pulses can also be enjoyed with roti or combined with wheat flour to prepare a healthier dough.
Conclusively, it can be said that roti is a healthier choice as opposed to bread for weight loss – this too, with portion control.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
Note: The information given here is based on religious belief and public belief. There cannot be any scientific evidence for this. Keeping in mind the general interest and knowledge, it is being presented here.