Rice or Roti

No Indian meal is complete without rice or chapati. Both are a part of our breakfast,lunch or dinner or all three. Rice vs chapati is a very common topic.

Have a look at the pros and cons to make your choice easier

  • Both food items have similar carbohydrates levels and calorific values, but different nutrient value because chapatis contain more protein and fibre than rice.
  • Rice are easier to digest because of its starch content whereas roti get digested slowly.
  • Both rice and chapati provide Folate and Vitamin B. Rice is a better source of Folate than chapati.
  • Each serving of chapati provides you with calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. Whereas rice provides you the same amount of iron but less phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Rice doesn’t contain any calcium.
  • Chapatis contain fibre, protein, micronutrients and sodium. Rice doesn’t contain any sodium.
  • Both wheat and rice have similar glycemic index which implies that they raise the blood sugar level to the same extent.

Conclusion : Due to slow digestion rate of Roti , it keeps you full for longer. This is a plus point for weight watchers.

Rice doesn’t contain any sodium. So if you are watching your sodium intake, then rice will be a better option.

As long as you restrict the quantity, it doesn’t matter what you eat. If two portions of cereals as 1 chapati and 1 small bowl of rice are consumed, it’s absolutely perfect. However choose unpolished rice over polished rice.