Roti is the Indian’s special delicacy that is often mistreated by the Western people. Sometimes called ‘flatbread’ by the Western, it often sometimes distorted terms since Roti is miles different from being a flatbread. Of course, there are several ingredients that roti uses which is the same for most bread, but the difference lies beyond its form. In this article, we are going to talk about Roti and why it’s essential, and arguably better compared to traditional bread.
Six thousand years ago, people were making ‘flatbreads’ according to research conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Today, there are about 80 to 85% of total wheat that’s produced in India to be made as chapatti/roti.
There is a misconception about parantha/roti and how it is more fattening compared to traditional bread. But in reality, there are actually healthy! They are made of various grains that are mixed together with ingredients such as soy, bajra, ragi, and jowar. And as an added benefit, there is no sugar added, making it a healthier choice compared to brown bread that we are used to.
To make a parantha/roti more exciting, vegetables and spices are also added into the mix and then applied with a little butter, not refined cooking oil that is used on bread. All of the ingredients mentioned here are the healthy ones compared to traditional bread which is made of carbs and added sugar paired with refined oil that is unhealthy for you.
What is Wheat Bread?
Brown bread doesn’t exist. It’s basically white bread and then mixed with a caramel color to make it brown. There are different kinds of bread, ranging from whole wheat, bran, down to multi-grain, ragi, and the like. All of these breads contain refined carbs that make it fattening.
Roti vs. Traditional Bread: Let the Battle Begin
When it comes to preservation, roti doesn’t last long as there are no preservatives added into it. Bread, on the other hand, can be kept for weeks or even months. There’s no surprise that they can stay for that long in supermarket shelves because of its preservatives.
Talking about calories, roti contains a bit more calories than bread, but this depends on the size and thickness of the roti itself. You can get fewer calories when eating small-sized roti’s in comparison to larger ones. A single slice of bread, on the other hand, contains approximately 60 calories, but this also depends on its size and thickness as well, so there’s no comparison here.
People often say that whole wheat breads is a viable option compared to roti. It’s a clear evidence that some of these people have never tasted roti in their entire life. First of all, as stated earlier, roti’s are made of natural locally-produced ingredients without preservatives. Compared to bread, which uses refined oils and bombarded with lots of preservatives to extend its lifespan in shelves. That’s why roti should be consumed the moment it’s finished baking or maybe after an hour or two, importantly on the same day.
Roti and Its Health Benefits
The longest living human group in the earth are the Hunza tribe, which is located in the mountainous region in North Pakistan. Extensive research has been done on the tribe, and it is found out that they are still at the top of their health thanks to roti, which is never absent in their daily meals.