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Brown Bread for Weight Loss? or Wheat Roti? Fact Revealed in 6 Points

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We are a generation that is always in a hurry. And that is why we love options that are easier and convenient. However, is the convenient option also healthier? Today, we are talking about Brown bread vs wheat roti. So, is brown bread for weight loss healthy? Or do you think for weight loss, wheat chapati is a healthier option? 

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I know most of you are going to say that brown bread is considerably healthier.

However, this has replaced our regular wheat rotis which are always a better option.

Brown Bread vs. Wheat Roti
Brown Bread vs. Wheat Roti

So Brown Breads or Wheat Rotis for weight loss?

Wheat Rotis are healthier because:

Although brown bread for weight loss has become quite popular, there are 2 things you should definitely know about them.

a) Brown bread is made with caramel, which is a colouring agent for bread. There’s a chemical 4-methylimidazole found in caramel that may arise risks of cancer [1].

Moreover, for people with gluten intolerance, some ingredients that are used in the preparation of caramel can cause reactions.

b) In the processing of bread, sugar and salt are added. These make bread have a high GI. Therefore, brown bread is easily digested and it releases sugar, which makes it not very effective in terms of weight loss.

c) On the other side, rotis can be prepared using healthy multigrain flour without any coloring agent, which is always healthy.

The ingredients of Brown Bread varies with manufacturers, however, an ideal Brown Bread Ingredients list is like:

  • Calories: 118
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 16 grams
  • Dietary fiber: 6 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Protein : 6 grams

Not convinced yet?

6 points to answer if brown bread for weight loss is healthier than wheat rotis

1. Refined flour:

Although brown bread for weight loss has replaced white bread, don’t choose them blindly. Most brown bread brands come with refined flour that makes the bread lose many of the nutrients.

The refined flour lacks natural minerals and vitamins and most of the vital nutrients get damaged in refining, leaving behind a rich source of sugar.

Refined flour is also found to lead inflammatory diseases, chances of allergies or intolerances etc.

Moreover, the refined flour makes brown bread easily digestible, which will make you less fuller and hence you will be eating more.

Which is a no-no if you are trying to lose weight.  Wheat rotis on the other hand, have complex carbs that are digested slowly and therefore keep you full for a long time.

Brown bread ingredients
Brown bread is often made with refined flour

2. Brown bread contain yeast:

Yeast is added to most bread brands in the market which are found to be a dehydrating agent.

And this yeast is not present in rotis. In fact, rotis have carbs, dietary fibres and proteins that are quite beneficial to health.

3. The Maida factor:

Although claimed to be made of whole wheat entirely, most brown bread contains maida, which is one of the reasons of considering white bread as unhealthy.

Rotis are, however, made of wheat flour entirely.

preservatives in bread that keep it from molding
Preservatives are added to bread

4. Preservatives are added to bread:

Bread preparing involves adding of preservatives. Because they are mainly found at stores, they need to be fresh for at least some ample of time.

Thus preservatives are added. However, rotis can be prepared at home without the addition of any such ingredient.

5. Rotis can be made from millets

 jowar, bajra, whole wheat etc. So you can make your rotis as per your health requirements. However, that liberty is often limited to brown bread.

Rotis can be made healthier by using millets
Rotis can be made healthier by using millets

6. Rotis are rich in vitamin

B1 B2, B3, B6, and B9 as well as in iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium etc. Moreover, rotis, if consumed moderately, are not at all fattening.

Rotis are rich in vitamins
Rotis are rich in vitamins

Interesting Roti facts

  • Indian immigrants brought rotis to Singapore, which now is one of their signature dishes.
  • Roti is popular as Roti Canai in Malaysia.
  • Roti is not only popular in India but also in South Africa, West Indies, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Maldives, Bangladesh etc.
  • CNN listed Roti as one of the world’s top 50 dishes in 2011.
  • Did you know that in ancient times, roti was also used as a “katori” to be used as it was easy for travellers to carry it.

You can also check out the Brown Bread Vs Wheat Roti facts in the video below

So, what are you opting for? Desi healthy Rotis or Brown Bread? Do let us know in the comments section below. 

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4 Comments
  1. zunera says

    what is the standard size of a roti

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Zunera,

      A standard roti is usually of 30 g flour and will have a diameter of 6 inches.

  2. govindugandhi says

    Next query..
    Which is more healthier from following three..1. Wheat Roti, 2. Jowar Millet Roti, 3. Ragi millet roti.

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Govind,
      Roti’s made of Whole wheat, Jowar and Ragi are healthier because, they carry minerals, vitamins and fibres which are essential for proper functioning of the body. But they contain less amount of protein. So in order to keep the balance, you need to include protein rich foods like pulses, dals, egg as well as lean meat preparations.