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What Are Starches?

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 🗗)

Starch In Food

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

Starch is found in maize, wheat, and potatoes, as well as rice, barley, vegetables, and sweet potatoes. (source 🗗)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out 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 🗗)

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Sara Niemelä

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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 have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!