3 Good Starches That Can Benefit Your Health

Good starches to eat

To fuel the body throughout the day, it requires energy. This energy comes from the starch, commonly known as carbohydrates, that are rich in dietary fibers, vitamins, and minerals.

Contrary to the popular belief, starch can be effectively used for weight loss.1 Carbohydrate-rich foods contain a dietary fiber, resistant starch, that is not easily digested and in turn reduce the food intake. It has a positive impact on the heart, regulates blood sugar, and also reduces the cholesterol levels.

Avoid processed or refined starches which have a low fiber content as they can affect your health without providing enough nutrition.

Here are 3 starches that can benefit your health:

1. Legumes

legumes are good starches

Legumes include beans, peas, and lentils, that are rich in proteins, iron, potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins. They are a

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good source of dietary fiber that regulates your bowel function.2

Legumes are good for your body as they contain resistant starch, soluble fibers, and no fat and cholesterol. In addition to reducing food intake by increasing satiety, legumes can reduce bad LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart diseases.3 4

Furthermore, beans, peas and, lentils have a low glycemic index, which means that they are digested slowly and can regulate blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.5

2. Starchy Vegetables

potatoes and corn are good starches

Besides potato, the popular starchy vegetable, sweet potato, pumpkin, and corn also contain resistant starch. They are rich in minerals, antioxidants, and B-vitamins. Though they can supply a lot of nutrition, vegetables with a high starch content also contain a lot of calories. Dietary fiber in healthy quantities aids weight loss. So, limit your intake of starchy vegetables if you are trying to lose weight.6

Starchy vegetables like potatoes can help you regulate blood pressure as they are rich in potassium. Antioxidants in potatoes, pumpkin, and corn can benefit your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

If you have diabetes, you must avoid potatoes as they have a high

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glycemic index, that causes a rapid rise in blood sugar levels.

3. Whole Grains

wheat grains are good starches

Grains are a great source of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals like iron, magnesium, and selenium.7 To reap the benefits of grains, always use whole grains instead of refined grains as all the nutritional value of grains is lost when they are refined.

Brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, oats, and barley in your diet can reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and other coronary heart diseases. Whole grains can also help you manage your weight and blood pressure levels.

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