Question of the week: Not All Starches Are Created Equal
Posted Jun 30 2010 7:00pm
A reader sent the following question for discussion on this blog: "I have type 2 diabetes and am confused about carbohydrates. Are all starches out completely? "
Starches are complex carbohydrates - although starches are easy to digest, however your body doesn't digest cellulose which is a major component of dietary fiber. Starches do not need to be eliminated from your diet as long as you watch your portion sizes and stick to foods that are nutrient dense: meaning high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The higher the fiber content of the food, the longer you will feel satisfied.
Good starch sources include, but are not limited to, brown rice, beans and legumes, multi or whole-grain bread, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the benefits of dietary fiber visit the Mayo Clinic's website: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fiber/NU00033