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How Maida is one of the Causes of Infertility in Women?

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 08 Dec 2017 - Written by Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Maida is one of the causes of infertility in women. Maida does not offer nutritional values to the body. The blood sugar levels are increased in the body due to regular consumption of maida which can be an indirect cause of infertility. It also causes digestive problems and affects bone density.

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

Written by

Gynecologic Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

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 elawoman.com


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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

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