Rice and chapati both are an inseparable part of our Indian meal plan. No meal is complete without them. But when it comes to weight loss, the first thing we do is reduce or completely eliminate the intake of these two main staples. The reason being they are loaded with carbohydrates. South Mumbai based Consultant Nutritionist Niti Desai says that the Indian diet is extremely rich in carbohydrates and low in protein. And for weight loss, it is important to increase the intake of protein. It is surely necessary to eat low-carb food when trying to lose weight, but it is not compulsory to give up on these two staples. All you need to do is to be a little mindful while having your meal.
Nutritional value of the roti
Roti aka chapati is not all about carbs. It also contains various micro-nutrients, protein and fiber, which is necessary for our body. A 6-inch chapati contains around 15 grams of carbs, 3 grams of protein, 0.4 grams of fat and 71 calories.
Rice vs Roti
Nutritionist Desai says that between rice and chapati if you have to choose one, always opt for chapatis. “If I have to choose between the two, I will have chapatis. But these days there is a trend of gluten-free diet and people switch to rice from chapatis. But white rice is polished rice, it contains fewer nutrients and acts like sugar in the body. Try to have brown rice if you wish to have rice and ensure that you have it in moderation,” she adds.
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