Call it roti or call it chapati, it has been made the same way for hundreds of years and continues to be a staple food of many Indian diets.
But is the roti or chapati healthy? It depends – on what its made with and how its made. The traditional roti is made from ground whole wheat, and is roasted on a pan, or in an oven. This roti is healthy. It has got soluble fiber to help clean the plaque from your blood vessels, plenty complex carbs to give you sustained energy, proteins to help build and maintain muscle and almost no fat (till you add ghee to it). It has a low glycemic index, so it doesn’t make your blood sugar shoot up and then crash.
Some people are allergic to gluten, so for them roti can be made from bajra. Again, very healthy- contains fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein and low fat. What you should watch for is whether your rotis are being made from maida. Maida is refined flour and has the same effect on your body as sugar- makes you fat. Rotis can also be made from black chickpea flour. To add flavour, you can chop up cooked vegetables and mix them with the atta- like spinach, carrot, etc. Roti can be fattening, if you load it with ghee and oil.
Roti Trivia: Roti is a common term used for bread in many countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand. But they’re not the same roti. In Thailand, the roti is actually a pancake, made from maida, and fried and loaded with goodies, like fruits, honey, condensed milk, etc.Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo