What is Starch?
Posted: 12th August 2015
With the media’s attention on the amount of ‘added sugar’ in our food, the amount of starch consumed daily by the average Briton is not commonly discussed. If you are looking to cut sugar out of your diet, it is also worth taking a look at the types of vegetables and fruits you eat, as these may also be contributing to a high sugar intake.
A common mistake that people make when trying to decrease the amount of sugar in their diet, they overlook items such as starchy vegetables, legumes and grains. While these items look very different to simple sugars such as granulated sugar, honey, etc, they are themselves another form of sugar.
Items such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and other cereals such as couscous, bulgur wheat, etc are sometimes deemed to be a good source of sugars as well as vitamins and minerals.
Unfortunately this is not the case. Starchy foods will still be turned into simple sugars in the human gut and their vitamin and mineral content is quite small that to provide any benefit, large portions will need to be consumed.
Ever wondered why you might be struggling to lose those extra few pounds even though you are eating “healthy”? It’s because you are still supplying your body with sugar and not allowing your body to burn fat for energy to supply your day to day needs.
What about Dietary Fibre?
The difference in digestion for dietary fibre is that due to its chemical structure it acts as a bulking agent in the gut helping to promote bowel health as well as promoting healthy gut bacteria.