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Rice Vs Roti: Which Is More Healthy And Why?

Rice vs Roti
Written by Inguin Team

When you talk about Indian food culture from North to South and East to West you cannot complete your meal without rice or roti. This is a dual food combo which is an integral part of our day to day food life. When you go out in a resturant with your friends, relatives and family then one among you will order rice or roti. But do you know rice and roti is one of the controversial topics and have several questions which we should ask before eating it.

What Is Roti And Rice?

To understand this we should know more about roti and rice. Roti which is also known as chapati is made from atta(flour) and is consumed across all over the world. There are many forms of rotis like tandoori roti, rumali roti, chapati, paratha and plain roti. It is eaten with cooked vegetabels, daal and sabji.

Rice is a cereal grain which is eaten across all parts of the world. It is ranked 3rd in agricultural production all over the world. So, all over the globe people are eating rice. There are different varities of rice like white, brown, red and black rice. The nutritional value also varies from the variety of rice that you are eating.

Rice Vs Roti: Which Is More Healthy?

Everyone wants to adopt healthy Lifesytle and wants to remain fit. The dietician will always suggest you to eat low carbohydrate food, high fiber green leafy vegetables, fruits and proper excercise. If you want to reduce weight then you have to eat less carbohydrate foods which includes rice and roti. To make a decision between rice and roti is very difficult as it is a part of a daily meal and cannot be neglected.

But let us assume you want to eat both in limited quantity and you have to maintain weight. It is possible if you take precautions mentioned below;

  • Roti should always be eaten without ghee, butter which are high in saturated fat and cholestrol. Hence, the low the carb food the less fat you will have.
  • Do you know a high salt intake will lead to obesity. Always avoid adding salts in wheet flour.
  • You can add bajra, soya, jowar flours to the wheat flour which will increase the fiber and nutrional content of the roti.
  • Rice is of several types and all have different advantage and disadvantage. White rice is prepared by removing the outer layer of the cereal and polishing the grain. Hence after polishing the grain all its fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals are lost. White rice is cooked and served all over the countries. But it has less fiber content. Always cook rice in a pressure cooker and use less water to get more starch in the body.
  • Brown rice is very rich source of iron, zinc, vitamin and minerals. Rice bran helps to reduce the blood cholesterol level in the body.

After considering these two difference between rice and roti. We came to a conclustion that they both have equal carbohydrate value but have different nutrional content. Let’s make a list of table which will help you to analyse and then decide which one is better and why?

Roti Rice
Digest Slowly, good for those who wants to reduce weight Digest Fast
Maintains Blood Sugar Level As rice gets digested fast the blood sugar level is not maintained by the body
High Fiber Content Low Fiber Content
Given To Diabetic Patient As, It contains starch, not preffered for a diabetic patient
Roti can be mixed with Jawar, bajra and increase the fiber content Brown Rice contains more fiber content

The above table suggests that chapati is having more advantage then rice. Hence, it should be taken with meals. But, these differences does not mean that you should never eat rice. There is a myth that is discussed by doctors and health specialists that we should know.

Myth About Rice And Roti

It is acceptable to eat both rice and roti together in a meal as both are having equal calorfic values and both are form of carbohydrates. But, as you know law of definite proportion or the law constant composition in which the chemical compounds always contains its component elements in similar proportion. Similarly in a meal you should eat equal proportion of rice and roti. One roti must be equal to a portion of a rice. You should never increase the proportions like 2:1 or 3:1 as it will result in high calorie intake by your body and results in gaining more weight.

Hence, always eat rice and roti but in equal propotion.

  • #Note: Consult a doctor in case you are unable to manage the health issues on your own.

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