Myth – Potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are fattening

Not really, its a myth

Potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are fattening

Potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are fattening


“Foods high in carbohydrates have had a rough time in the past few years thanks to the success of low-carb diets such as the Atkins diet. But there’s actually no proof that healthy carb-rich foods are more likely to make us gain weight than any other food”, says Lavleen, an expert nutritionist in Chandigarh.

Ultimately, it’s an excess of calories that makes us pile on the kilos – and it really doesn’t matter where those extra calories come from.

In fact, more often than not, it’s the fat we add to carbs that boosts the calorie content, such as butter on toast, creamy sauces with pasta and frying potatoes to make chips.


Go for high-fiber carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal bread, jacket potatoes (non-peeled baked potato) and wholewheat pasta. They contain more fiber than the ‘white’ varieties and so will help to fill you up. Don’t add too much extra fat to them though, for example, serve pasta with a tomato-based sauce and top jacket spuds with cottage cheese.


Dietitian Lavleen

Dietitian Lavleen

***Winner of Best Dietitian in Chandigarh in 2015 organised by Global lifestyle awards. Most promising Youngest dietitian in 2016 organised by International health care awards. Best innovative class in 2017 organised by Global achievers forum. Weight loss specialist - Chandigarh, diet consultations, online diet plans - 7 years experience in Nutrition and Dietetics - Worked at PGIMER and Inscol hospitals.*** My passion is helping others achieve their health goals through optimal nutrition and diet. "Don't diet, rather eat correct food!" It has always been my dream to create and promote good health and fitness through good food. My aim is to guide, educate and motivate my patients about how healthy eating can contribute in bringing health, wealth and happiness together in their lifestyle.

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4 Responses

  1. Sneha says:

    Hi Laveena,Just one question plz ??.Aren’t bread or pasta refined carb, with practically zero fibre content,.. esp the white breads n pastas, and what about some chemical substances in making them..Looking forward for an answer.

    • Whole wheat pasta and both brown and white bread are source of energy whether refined or complex..
      Yes, studies have shown it has chemicals so least use of it is recommended.
      Instead of opting unhealthy junk food , breads and veg whole wheat pasta can be used by those who don’t have availability of fresh food.
      Best option for us is to eat chapati or rice that is cooked at home and fresh rather than choosing breads whose shelf life is only few hours.

  2. kajal says:

    hello lavleen plz plz reply me that i deliever a baby two days ago and there is no one who make fresh chapaty for me and i have to buy naan but it is cooked freshly on same time and of wholemeal flour is it ok to have it .because i am cocerned about my and baby health but also i am not having another option after few days when i can cook thn only i can make chpaties for my self .waiting for ur reply

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