Book an Appointment
fertility basics

How Maida (White Flour) is Affecting Your Fertility

  • 4.8 (5 Votes)

Learn about what is Maida (White Flour) and how it affects the fertility in women. You can also read what maida is made of, what are the effects of maida on your body and what are the alternatives you can take instead of maida. In this article, we will provide you all the details regarding white flour.

Every one of us have heard about Maida or White Flour along with its harmful effects on health. Even after its long list of side effects, white flour's use and its products are produce rapidly and we are consuming it as well either in the form of bread at our houses or in the form of junk and fast foods at food joints.

Maida is also known as 'white poison' and has become a part of necessity. It drastically effects our health so it is important to know why it is not good for health and up to what level it can harm us.

Why sayNo to Maida?
While processing white flour from wheat, two important components required for digestion that is endosperm (removed from wheat germ) and bran (wheat bran) is removed.Because of the missing required nutrients in Maida, its processed food items utilize body nutrients for absorption. It results in depletion of mineral and vitamins from the body.

How maida affects fertility in women

For attracting maximum consumers, some of the manufacturers label the products as 'enriched flour' as they only add 3-4 vitamins after losing 10 vitamins during the processing of wheat.

How Maida (white flour) is affecting your body?

1- Maida is tasty, but not good for health

If you want to improve fertility or a pregnant woman then refined carb i.e. white flour doesn't provide much nutritional value to your body, turns into sugar and feeds yeast. It is advisable for the pregnant women to opt for whole wheat because of fiber availability along with other nutrients. It interferes with the digestion process so, it is good to avoid maida during pregnancy. You can replace white flour with whole wheat pasta, brown rice, wheat bread and so on.

2- Maida regulates sugar/ glucose in body

It releases sugar into the bloodstream very quickly. It increases the sugar levels as it has high Glycemic index (GI). Pancreas has to work a lot for releasing the sufficient insulin to match with the sugar level. Pancreas can still manage if the consumption is quite low. But if consume frequently then insulin production will gradually reduce and you can develop Diabetes.

Effects of maida on health

Glucose attaches to proteins once it begins loitering in the blood which is known as Glycation. It results in inflammation in body and leads to multiple diseases such as Cataract, heart disease, arthritis and so on.

White flour also increases the level of bad cholesterol which results in mood swings, high blood pressure as well as weight gain. Obesity is the next phase once you start gaining weight and it keeps you hungry. You start developing crave for sugar.

3- Acidic is another feature

While refining, all the nutrients are removed and maida becomes acidic in nature. Acidity is another issue that needs to be in control. Consumption of acidic foods in high quantity forces the body's calcium from bones for maintaining balance thus, affecting the density of bones.

4- White flour leads to digestive problems

Maida has been termed as 'Glue of the gut' as most of the edible items are made from white floor. From breakfast food to snacks, pasta, cereal, bread and so many things to add in the list. This all changes to glue in the intestine. It slows the digestion and creates inactive metabolism as it is without fiber. Ultimately it leads to headaches, migraines, stress and weight gain.

Replacement of Maida

If you want to improve your health and fertility or you are pregnant then it is advised to avoid white flour and its products. You can use:

1- Ragi flour is gluten free and is suggested for those who are lactose intolerant. It is also suitable for diabetics.

2- Soy flour is other alternative which is a combination of protein, vitamin D, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, B vitamins folate and vitamin K. Replacing regular Atta (wheat) with it will also improve the flavor and texture.

3- Bajra flour is denser in energy and is used in winters. It is packed with amino acids and antioxidants. It is beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels, blood pressure and heart related concerns.

Other alternatives are jowar flour and quinoa flour.

Hope you have got all the required and important details about the white flour and its impact.We have also listed the alternatives of maida. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani

About The Author

Gynecologic Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani

Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani is an Infertility Specialist, Gynecologic Surgeon and Obstetrician, located in Mumbai and having an experience of almost a decade. Her alma mater is B J MEDICAL COLLEGE in Pune from where she completed her MBBS and MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In the following year, she pursued her DNB in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Post Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine from Krishna IVF Vizag and Nadkarni IVF Centre, Surat in 2013. She is the member of 3 different associations i.e. Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR), Indian Medical Association (IMA), and Association of Medical Consultants. Her area of expertise includes Tubectomy/Tubal Ligation, Hysterectomy (Abdominal/Vaginal), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Caesarean Section and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). She is a consultant in Veda Fertility And Urology Care, Mira Road and is a visiting consultant in Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai. You can get the contact details of Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani at


  1. 10 simple pregnancy tips to help you have a normal delivery pregnancy, Elawoman - 2017
  2. Ime 9 tablets - composition, usage and benefits Diabetes, Elawoman - 2017
  3. Top 10 stress busters for planning a baby stress, Elawoman - 2017



Shashi Gupta

Thanks for the alternative flour instead of maida. I will use them from now.

Oct. 13, 2018, 8:56 p.m. 5.0


Kiran Basu

Maida is like a poison for our body if it's taken cold. Hot food is easily digestible whereas, cold food like maida takes 2-3 days to digest and even stick around your intestine.

June 9, 2018, 10:37 a.m. 4.5


Akash Yadav

Thanks for the detailed info! The article is very informative for individuals who love eating maida in their daily routine.

May 31, 2018, 4:09 p.m. 5.0


Rani Amber

My husband loves maida, I should share this to him. It's really harmful to our health.

Feb. 17, 2018, 11:33 a.m. 5.0


Suraj Alias Vinod Yuvraj Kambale

Feb. 6, 2018, 5:59 p.m. 4.5

View all comments

Leave a Comment



The information displayed on this webpage covers general information on several medical conditions, fertility treatments, IVF ICSI, surrogacy procedure, home remedies, and their respective treatments. The exclusive purpose of the displayed information is for the sake of general understanding and it has been collected from open sources which heavily rely on research and laboratory tests. However, the information shared here should not be considered as a medical advice or an alternative to consultation with a registered medical practitioner or licensed healthcare professional.

It is not advised to self-diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease following the information given in this article. We insist you to consult a registered practitioner and never try to replace their advice or discontinue treatment in between by relying solely on the information obtained. External links to different websites as well as videos given on the website serve the purpose of sharing knowledge only. Ela being an Independent Medical Information platform is neither responsible nor guarantees the authenticity, reliability, and accuracy of these videos and websites in any way. We do not intend the information displayed here to be used for a medical emergency, if you seek medical attention for yourself (or any other person with whom you want to share the information with), we advise you to directly get in touch with the hospital or the doctor.

Related Article view all

Fertility Basics
How are surrogate mothers screened?
Dr. Bhavna Banga
Dr. Bhavna Banga 4.8 (6 Votes)

How are surrogate mothers screened?

A surrogate mother is expected to be prepared for the upcoming pregnancy and to have a total commitment towards the process. Checking surrogate mothers medical history, previous pregnancy history, current medical report including blood tests and hormone tests, family background and her mental stability to carry a child are the some of the ways to screen a surrogate mother.

Read More

Fertility Basics
PCOS and Infertility - How to Get Pregnant With PCOS
Dr. Pranay Shah
Dr. Pranay Shah 4.8 (6 Votes)

PCOS and Infertility - How to Get Pregnant With PCOS

Women suffering from PCOS find it very hard to get pregnant because of irregualrity in the menstrual cycle and ovulation. But it is possible to get pregnant with PCOS by following healthy diet and starting medications such as clomid, letrozole or gonadotrophins. If nothing works, then one can opt for Ovarian Drilling and Fertility treatment (IVF).

Read More

Fertility Basics
Can Clomid Tablet Result in Twins or Multiple Births?

Can Clomid Tablet Result in Twins or Multiple Births?

Yes, the clomid tablet can result in twins or multiple births. There are 5 to 8% of chances of conceiving twins while being on Clomid as compared to natural twin pregnancy, which has just 1 to 2% chances. Intake of Clomid results in the overproduction of egg stimulating hormones, which further causes, the release of more than 1 egg from the ovary.

Read More

More From Author

Zika Virus A Threat to Pregnant Women

Zika Virus A Threat to Pregnant Women

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has been for so long...

Read More

7 Weeks Pregnant, Time to Reveal the Secret

7 Weeks Pregnant, Time to Reveal the Secret

If you are 7 weeks pregnant and you have still kept it a secret, th...

Read More

Fertility Boosters
Physical Factors To Consider Before Donating Sperm

Physical Factors To Consider Before Donating Sperm

Donating sperm can enrich many lives and fulfill their dreams of ha...

Read More

Trending Articles


5 Best Surrogacy Doctors in India

Find the list of best surrogacy doctors in India who offers the best treatment with the highest success rate. The list has been categorized on the basis of doctors fame, experience, reviews, ratings, and cost. Dr. Mohit Saraogi from Saraogi Hospitals and IRIS IVF Centre and Dr. Kaberi Banerjee from Advanced Fertility Centre top the list of the best surrogacy doctors in India.

Read More 4.5 (1 Votes)


Best IVF Doctors in India with Highest Success Rates

Find here the list of best IVF doctors in India on the basis of Ratings, Success Rate, Services offered, IVF cost packages and available Facilities. Dr. Nisha Bhatnagar, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee and Dr. Anjali A Deval top the list of such IVF doctors in India due to their unique pricing system, popularity and high success rate.

Read More 4.7 (3 Votes)


Top Surrogacy Centres in India with Highest Success Rates

In this article we bring you the best Surrogacy Centers and clinics in India with Review Ratings, Cost Estimates, and Surrogacy Success Rate to help you make the best choice. Aveya IVF and Surrogacy Centre and Advanced Fertility and Surrogacy Centre tops the list of such surrogacy centres in India due to their low treatment costs, popularity and high success rates.

Read More 4.8 (2 Votes)