Roti or Bread, what’s healthier?

Roti or Bread, that’s a question that’s been debated across houses for a very long time. Today let’s look at the real issue with a subjective as well as objective detail. Also read: World Egg Day 2020: Boiled, Poached, Scrambled or Fried – what’s the healthiest way to cook and eat eggs

While, Roti has been always considered a healthier option than bread, however, it would be prudent to keep in mind that roti is ultimately another form of bread. In earlier days, we used to get only white bread. There were a lot of sound arguments in the favour of roti against bread. However, in today’s scenario, we have a lot of choices when it comes to the bread of choice. While the plain old roti is still that.  

What is bread?

Bread is considered a staple food in many households across the planet. It is generally prepared with flour dough, Yeast, and water. Its primarily a baked product, however, in today market we have option of steamed, fried, or skillet baked. Also Read: Best Dal for Weight Loss. Find the reasons here

Many nutritionists, though, frown upon bread. The reason for that is that the practice of bread-making removes majority of the roughage from the flour. While roughage is an important component of our diet. Roughage aids in bowel movement and digestion.

What is Roti?

Roti is a North Indian primary staple food. Its also has a lot of variants in making and preparing style across South Asian sub-continent. Roti is made with adding water to the unleavened flour, thus retaining all roughage.

So, obviously gets the thumbs up from nutritionists on this count. Also, there is no yeast. Yeast may not suit some people when it comes to digestion.

Roti or Bread, what’s healthier?

Today there are many options where bread is considered exceptionally healthy. Whole grain bread with a mixture of healthy grains gives you all the wholesome goodness a roti can. But these can only be store-bought and most of them contain preservations. Let’s not forget that these good quality healthy breads are also much more expensive than your regular white bread or brown bread that you get from your local kirana store.

On that count, roti can be made at home, fresh without any surprise ingredients with all the goodness of whole grains. Roti can be made from millets, jowar, bajra, whole wheat and almost all healthy unrefined grains.

Therefore, it is easy to conclude that roti for this very reason is healthier than bread.

Therefore, it is easy to conclude that roti for this very reason is healthier than bread.

That being said, the assessment of roti or bread can not be taken in isolation as we do not eat roti or bread alone but is only a small part of the entire meal. We always take some supplements in the form of protein, dairy or pulses with roti or bread. Say for example you are eating roti with a pure ghee; in that case a roasted chicken sandwich would be considered a healthier meal.

Always remember, an healthy meal is a balance between nutrients. So go ahead enjoy a roti or a loaf of bread, however, do make it a tiny part of your whole meal


Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose 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.

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