Rice and rotis (or chapatis) are both staple food of Indian diet. Your meal is never complete without eating these two foods. But the age old topic has always been discovering which is better for your health.
While a lot of people prefer rice for its easy digestion, many opt for rotis as they are more filling or keep you satiated.
To make life much easier for you in deciding which one to eat, let’s break down the pros and cons of both rice and roti (chapati) and identify the best out of the two.
Pros of Rice
- Rice is easy to digest and is probably the best food to eat during an upset stomach.
- Rice contains high amounts of folate (water soluble vitamin) and this is good for your health.
Cons of Rice
- White rice is commercially available rice which most of you eat. The color of rice looks white as the outer most layer of rice (husk) is removed while processing. This actually causes the rice to lose most of its micro nutrients to be washed away. White rice is now devoid of calcium, B complex vitamins, etc.
- Have you ever felt lethargic after eating rice? This is true as white rice increases the blood sugar levels as it has a higher glycemic index. This causes rice to be not so diabetic friendly.
- Does not contain phosphorous, sodium (you can add it though) or calcium.
Pros of Roti (Chapati)
- Rotis contain high fiber content and thus it is an excellent choice for a good and nutritious meal.
- There are high amounts of protein and healthy complex fats present in rotis. This is required by the body to break down and provide sufficient energy. Also, rotis help you keep satiated for longer periods of time due to this.
- Rotis or chapatis contain a good amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium. This helps you to have a healthier diet.
- Rotis are an excellent option for diabetic people as it does not raise the blood sugar levels as quickly as rice.
- If you are obese, chapatis are a good option as it helps to keep you satiated and prevents you from eating often.
Cons of Roti (Chapati)
- Rotis are full of fiber but it takes a lot of time to digest the fibers and complex fats. If you are having digestion problems, rotis are not a good option.
- Rotis are sometimes made from maida which should be avoided. Prefer rotis prepared using whole wheat or other multi grains.
Both rotis and rice are essential for a healthy diet. While rotis are rich in complex carbohydrates and are high in fiber, rice can be easily digested. Rotis have an extra edge as they are also rich in calcium, phosphorous, vitamins and other minerals.
Rotis also help in keeping you satiated for longer periods of time.
Thus if you are obese and are looking forward to a weight loss diet, you just prefer rotis over rice. Also, if you are diabetic, it is better to go with rotis as they do not increase your blood glucose levels as easily as rice.
Brown rice is the best form of rice that you can eat and whole wheat rotis are the healthiest.
If you are facing trouble with digestion, rice should be your wise choice as it can be digested much easier than rotis. Irrespective of eating rice or roti, portion control is important especially if you are on a weight loss diet.
Going by the pros and cons, rotis have clearly more pros than rice. But then again, rice is equally important.
We recommend a bowl of rice and a plate of 3-4 rotis for a healthy diet.
Remember not to simply avoid either of them but watch for portion size as portion control is very essential.
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