How healthy is your Roti?
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How Healthy is Your Roti?

The Indian bread or Roti has been a part of an Indian staple diet since we can remember. Some call it chapatti and some fulka, but difference in name doesn’t change its properties. The roti is primarily made up of whole wheat. It is typically made into dough, rolled and roasted on a flat pan.

A plain roti made in the typical way is very healthy.

  1. It has got soluble fiber to help clean the plaque from your blood vessels and helps prevent constipation
  2. It is easily digestible.
  3. Plenty of complex carbohydrates to give you sustained energy,
  4. Proteins to help build and maintain muscle. Read about how much protein you need.
  5. It almost has no fat (till you add ghee to it!). Read about good fat vs. bad fat.
  6. It has a low glycemic index, so it doesn’t make your blood sugar shoot up and then crash. Read about the glycemic index diet.
  7. Roti is also a rich source of vitamin (B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9), iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium etc.
  8. Vitamin E, soluble fibre and selenium in rotis help reduce the risk of cancer in the body.
  9. They are roasted or baked and not fried hence they are also low in calories; one roti contains about 70 calories without adding any oil or ghee.

For people who are allergic to gluten, roti can be made from bajra. Bajra is again another very healthy alternative which contains fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein and low fat. Read about the gluten free diet.

The thing to watch out for is whether your rotis are being made from maida. Maida is refined flour and has the same effect on your body as sugar, it makes you fat. Rotis can also be made from black chickpea flour. To add some flavour and added health benefits, you can chop up cooked vegetables and mix them with the dough- like spinach, carrot, etc. The only way roti can become fattening is if you load it with ghee and oil. Read about how sugar makes you fat?

Interesting fact
Roti is a common term used for bread in many countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. But they’re not the same roti. In Thailand, the roti is actually a pancake, made from wheat flour (maida), fried and loaded with goodies, like fruits, honey, condensed milk, etc.

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