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What Is Starch & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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Starch is a carbohydrate naturally found in many grains and vegetables.

It is a natural product made from agricultural raw materials.

Starch provides energy for our brains and muscles.

Resistant starch is a variant of starch that is indigestible by human enzymes.

Resistant starch has shown better potential health benefits than ordinary starch, like improved blood fat, better satiety, insulin sensitivity, and improved digestion.

It may also be important in reducing the risk of bowel cancer.

Starch Is Energy

Starch is a carbohydrate extracted from agricultural raw materials. (source )

Starches are long chains of sugar glucose joined together. (source )

Starch contributes about 60–70% of the total energy consumed in our diet, which mainly comes from cereals and pulses. (source )

Two Types Of Starch

There are two types of starch in food; amylose and amylopectin. (source )

Foods You Can Find Starch In

You find Starch mostly in cereal and pasta, snack, baked, vegetable, products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Brown Rice
  • White Rice
  • Yellow Cornmeal
  • White Cornmeal
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Mashed Potatoes

Foods That Contain Starch In Our Nutrition Tool

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If you are interested in what foods contain the most starch we recommend you use our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain starch.

Resistant Starch

Resistant starch is a variant of starch that is indigestible by human enzymes. (source )

It means that this type of starch isn’t fully broken down and absorbed.

It is turned into short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria.

It can lead to more health benefits than consuming ordinary starch. (source )

Resistant starch is found mostly in beans, lentils, unripe bananas, as well as unprocessed cereals and whole grains.

Resistant starch is also created from cooling down cooked rice, pasta, and potatoes. (source )

Benefits From Consuming Starch

There are three research-backed benefits that might come from consuming starch, especially resistant starch. You can find out what they are in Starch: 3 Research-Backed Benefits

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator




Sara
Niemelä

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.