Cornflakes and Parantha- Make Your Choice

Indian Diet highlights Parantha and Cornflakes as breakfast cereals. Parantha has been our traditional breakfast since many decades and even today it is consumed throughout India in different varieties using various fillings such as potato, onion, radish, cauliflower, paneer, methi and many more. On the other hand, cornflakes has also emerged as a hero in many urban regions of the country as oats cornflakes, flavoured ones, organic, muesli, etc. However, which one is healthier and having all essential nutrients in the right amount for the family? It might seem a little confusing as both have a similar importance in the Indian Diet.

Let us compare 100 g of Cornflakes served with 200 ml of Skimmed Milk versus 100 g of Plain Parantha served with 200 g of curd

Nutrients 100g Cornflakes + 200ml Skimmed milk 100g Plain Parantha + 200g curd
Energy(kcal) 415 237
Protein(g) 13 9.3
Carbohydrate(g) 33.2 22.5
Sugars(g) 10 0
Dietary Fibre(g) 3.3 3.4
Fat(g) 0.4 10.4

  • It is clear from the table above that there are fewer calories in 100g Plain Parantha accompanied with 200g curd as compared to cornflakes.
  • Palatability becomes an important aspect to be considered if you are planning a breakfast meal. Parantha is much more palatable than cornflakes.
  • However, those who are light eaters can always go for cornflakes adding few nuts to fulfil the fat requirements.
  • There is definitely more of fat in Parantha than in cornflakes. However, without fat, fat-soluble vitamins will never be absorbed in the body and several important functions will be delayed.
  • This can be compensated by having a lighter lunch consisting mainly of salads, fruits and one roti/ bread.
  • Those who think that cornflakes are of low Glycemix Index (GI), please remove this misconception as it has a high GI.
  • The amount of protein in a Parantha can always be increased by increasing the consumption of curd. There is no harm in consuming curd which is a pro-biotic and helps to maintain a healthy gut.
  • The moral of the story is quite simple. We should stick to our staple food: roti rather than shifting to the European eating habits. Why?
  • Their body types and genetics are very different from ours. According to many studies, Indians are more prone to Metabolic Syndrome than to other body types because of the simplest fact we have more fat mass than the European body.
  • The more saturated fat we eat, the more it will be accumulated in the body under adipose tissues, and the more weight we will gain.


*Note: Please make sure to cook the plain parantha on a non-stick pan and only brush the pan surface with oil. Serving size: 1 parantha with an average diameter of 18 cm.