Is Aloo Paratha Good for Weight Gain? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Aloo paratha is bad for diabetes. Because it has simple carbohydrates and fats that can raise your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and cause weight gain.

Diabetes is a condition that affects your blood sugar levels.

In diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin or does not use it properly.

Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells absorb glucose from the blood.

This can lead to various health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

One of the key factors in managing diabetes is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood sugar levels, which can impact your diabetes symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage diabetes, you should consume complex carbohydrates rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and avoid simple carbohydrates rich foods like white bread, sugar, and honey.

Now, aloo paratha is a popular Indian flatbread stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes.

People usually eat it for breakfast or lunch with butter, yogurt, or pickle.

Aloo paratha is bad for diabetes because it contains a lot of simple carbohydrates and fats.

The wheat flour and potatoes can spike your blood sugar levels, while the butter and oil can increase your cholesterol and triglycerides levels.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you may need to take more insulin to cover the carbs.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you may have difficulty controlling your blood sugar levels.

One aloo paratha can give you about 250 calories, 40 grams of carbs, 10 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein.

This is about 20% of your daily carb needs and 15% of your daily fat needs.

Potatoes can raise your blood sugar levels quickly because they have a high glycemic index.

This means they are digested and absorbed rapidly, causing a surge in glucose.

Wheat flour can also have a similar effect, especially if it is refined and not whole wheat.

Butter and oil can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke because they are high in saturated and trans fats.

These fats can clog your arteries and raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, aloo paratha is a high-calorie food and calories are important for weight management.

Being overweight or obese can worsen your diabetes and make it harder to control your blood sugar levels.

Because, excess weight can cause insulin resistance, inflammation, and hormonal imbalances.

That’s why I suggest you limit your aloo paratha intake to avoid weight gain and diabetes complications.

Stick to one or two parathas per week and choose healthier accompaniments like low-fat yogurt, salad, or dal.

You can also make your parathas healthier by using whole wheat flour, adding more vegetables to the stuffing, and using less oil or butter.

Also, you shouldn’t eat aloo paratha if you have low blood sugar or hypoglycemia to prevent a sudden drop in glucose.

Because, aloo paratha can cause a rapid rise and fall in your blood sugar levels, which can lead to symptoms like dizziness, sweating, confusion, and fainting.

You can buy fresh aloo paratha in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose parathas that are made with whole wheat flour and have less oil or butter.

Because, these parathas will have more fiber and less fat, which can help you manage your blood sugar and weight better.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing diabetes effectively.

I always recommend my diabetes patients to follow a diabetes-friendly diet to improve their blood sugar control, prevent complications, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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