We have been fooled by many newspaper ads which show how many pieces of bread equals one roti or vice versa. This is a marketing gimmick that many bread companies are employing to replace one of our staples in India. But if we fall for it, we are doing more harm than good.
As tempting as it may look, brown bread, multigrain bread or any other largely manufactured bread only fills up our tummy with sugar, butter or transfat and refined flour. Even though the packet talks about the wholeness of the product, the truth is that they are the actual villains in your weight management story.
Who decided that brown or multigrain or white bread is good for you? The advertisers did, and did a good job at it because we now prefer eating bread over our beloved roti. Bread with sabzi, anyone?
Company-produced breads are often loaded with an extreme of everything- colour additives, trans fats, egg stabilizers, soda, yeast. The bread which promises to be brown or multigrain or oats or dalia has colour added and maybe a tablespoon of the ingredients they are trying to sell to you.
Secondly, breads are highly processed with preservatives, making them last longer on supermarket shelves. Rotis become stale because of the fresh flour used to prepare them. Moreover, since breads contain preservatives, they are unaffected by anything for a longer period of time.
Thirdly, breads only fill up your tummy. There is no evidence of large scale manufactured bread providing you nutrition or helping you lose weight in a healthy manner.
Roti is a wholesome meal in itself. Our parents, our grandparents and so on, have grown up eating this and have better immunity, hair, skin, strength and energy than us. Ever wondered why? Because they didn’t include processed foods like breads in their daily meals. Rotis have enough sodium, potassium, carbs, fiber, proteins to keep you healthy. A parantha will provide more satisfaction and nutrition than your brown bread or multigrain sandwich with veggies.
Worried about calories? One roti contains 110 calories. Two slices of bread contain a minimum of 132 unhealthy calories, in which our body converts the refined flour and sugar of the bread into fat.
Still think that replacing roti with bread is healthy for you?