Roti is the usual common substitute when one is diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus. The first shift in diet that happens across most Indian families is that Rice is replaced by Roti, once you discover that your blood sugar levels are high and uncontrollable.
Though it is a sensible and wise decision that happens instantly out of fear and care, it is even more important to know the quantity of Roti’s should be consumed. Roti, being prepared by wheat flour is a staple diet in most of the Indian families normally too.
Roti is also a carbohydrate like Rice, but the only difference is that the fiber and few vitamins and minerals are intact in Roti. The glycemic Index of Roti is just 10 units lesser than compared to Rice and still higher than the required glycemic index Ideal for Diabetics.
Thus it is cautious for Diabetic patients to note that unlimited consumption of Roti’s can increase your blood sugar levels over a period of time.
Maximum 1-2 roti’s with a good amount of vegetables as well as a protein curry helps in balancing the glycemic index perfectly. The size of the Roti should be small to medium-sized, and not more than 2 each time should be eaten.
It's important to note that neither oil nor salt should be added while kneading the wheat flour for Roti’s as they may increase the calories and inflammation in the body. Plain wheat flour with water should be used to prepare healthier Roti’s.
Patients with Insulin shots and Uncontrolled Diabetes and with a strong family history or Diabetic obese patients, should strictly avoid Roti, rather shift to millet-based Roti’s or Roti’s made with chickpea flour or Besan flour.
Diabetes patients with associated metabolic disorders like Hypothyroidism or celiac diseases should avoid wheat flour-based Rotis.