Is Your Chapathi Making you Fat?
- 7 Months ago
"I have stopped eating rice, I eat only chapathis now"! This is a common response I get from my clients trying real hard to lose weight! I was quite impressed with the dietary change that they were making. When asked if they had lost weight, a very few had, while some had unfortunately gained weight! I was initially convinced that wheat may be the better option over rice due to it's low calorie attribute. This changing trend of a number of clients turning into a wheat-o-holic, sparked off a little curiosity in me. This urged me to do some research. I looked into the calorie content of rice and wheat, and found the calories to be about the same. 100 grams of rice contained about 358 Kcal, while whole wheat flour contained about 341 Kcal for the same quantity. I also found that the other nutrient values between rice and whole wheat were about the same.
While rice contained about 0.52 g of fat for every 100 g, whole wheat flour contained about 1.7g! This must come as a surprise to most of you!? 100 g of rice provides about 0.2g of fibre, while wheat gives about 1.9g! Again, it wasn't such a large difference for us to abandon our staple crop "rice"! This inclination toward wheat, I found was quite baseless. So should we really be substituting rice with wheat? Does wheat give us any benefits at all?
Recently, an article I read by Dr. Mark Hyman, threw some light on the truth about wheat that I'd like to share with you. The wheat we get today is very dissimilar to the wheat of the decades gone by, that was known to possess some health benefits that present day wheat continues to claim. Wheat today has undergone genetic modifications, and it's natural proteins and starches have been altered. This starch has contributed an undesirable property to the present day wheat that increases your blood sugar rapidly, causing increased insulin production, and therefore problems that might result in diabetes.