A common misconception is that starches and carbohydrates are the same thing. The truth is that carbohydrates are merely the molecules that form starches. But for food to be labelled as a starch, the carbohydrate molecules have to be bigger than monosaccharides, which are the carbohydrate molecules commonly found in fruit or honey.
With this knowledge, we can see why certain foods are said to have good carbohydrates, and others have bad carbohydrates. The bigger molecules found in starches allows for more steady energy levels as well as less spikes in the blood sugar.
Here are a few commonly eaten foods that often spark a debate over which side of the carbohydrate table they fall:
This is a tricky topic, as there are many foods made with wheat grain that fall into the good carb category, like whole wheat bread, digestive muffins, and whole wheat crackers.
However, there are also many bad carbs such as white bread, some muffins which more resemble cupcakes, pretzels, and chips.
Many people believe that you should steer clear of all types of rice; however this is more relevant to white rice. Brown rice on the other hand contains vitamin B, magnesium, selenium, as well as much needed dietary fiber.
This might be a strange one, but yes, it does fall into the starch category. Apart from being rich in potassium, they are also packed with vitamin C, vitamin B6, and again plenty of dietary fiber.
For most people, a potato is the image that comes up when they hear the word “starch”.
You should be very careful when picking your potatoes as there are different types. There are potatoes that are specifically grown for boiling and mashing, which are low in starch and the ones that are grown for baking are higher in starch.
Resistant starch is the type of starch we should be including in our meals, as it acts in the same way as fiber. It holds many of the same health benefits like helping with digestion, controlling cholesterol and helping us feel fuller for longer. Foods that contain resistant starch are barley, brown rice, buckwheat, and whole wheat.
If you are struggling with blood sugar control, it is suggested that you steer clear of starches as far as possible. At least from the known unhealthy ones like potato chips, French fries, cake, and other such unhealthy food and snacks. If you do wish to include starches, make sure you stick to the healthiest ones possible, including resistant starch if you can.
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