One of the hot topics to debate in the fitness industry is the war between rice and chapati. There is always a tug of war between these two and each side is trying to establish its supremacy over the other. In the end, there is no clear answer that one is completely better than the other and the debate is still going on. This article is all about these two staples.
The rice and chapati are predominantly used in the Indian subcontinent. The southern part of the country consumes rice majorly and the northern part of the country consumes chapatti.
Most of the regions in Northern India are surrounded by the Himalayas and other mountains and hence most of the time the climate is cool/cold for them when compared to that of the south. So they consume chapatti to compensate for the cold climate since the body generates heat to digest chapatti.
The amount of calories is more or less equal in both rice and chapatti. The concern is the glycemic index. This number represents the ability of the particular item to increase the blood glucose level after a time period of 2 hours after a meal. Rice has a glycemic index of 73 whereas the glycemic index of chapatti is around 62.
The value of the glycemic index is approximate and can change based on the source, method of preparation, servings, etc. this value plays an important role in monitoring the blood glucose level which comes in handy for diabetics.
A higher value of GI indicates that the rate of increase of the blood glucose level is high and this can be a problem for diabetics. Chapatti is more recommended for type-1 diabetics since they have to be more in control when compared to that of type-2 diabetics.
Rice is the classic food taken by bodybuilders. Every meal they take consists of rice. Rice provides the carbohydrate content necessary for them. They require rice so as to replenish the muscles after a long, tiring, and intense workout.
Rice has less amount of fat content when compared to chapatti (0.5 in rice and 1.7 in chapatti). The vitamin and micronutrient counts for both rice and chapatti are more or less the same. Chapatti has more phosphorus and calcium when compared to rice but the difference is negligible.
Wheat-derived foods mostly contain complex carbohydrates. This means that the sugar molecules are tightly bound together in long and complex strands. Hence these foods take a longer time to digest since the breaking down of the complex structure is difficult.
A problem with chapatti is that it contains gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in the seed covering of the wheat plant. So this can be detrimental to gluten-tolerant people as they can suffer from celiac disease which affects the small intestine causing digestion problems.
On the whole, we observe that both rice and chapatti have pros and cons of their own. All of them depend on the quantity taken. Bodybuilders consume rice in heavy amounts since they have to bulk up. The same rice if taken in less quantity can be ideal for weight loss.
So the food item doesn’t matter a lot, what matters most is the quantity. Also combining with the proper exercise and other habits can make one reach their fitness goals effectively.