If you don’t know what starch is, you’re in trouble

If you don’t know what starch is, you’re in trouble

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Carbohydrates are not bad for you. They are our prime source of energy and are crucial for sports performance. However, if you cannot distinguish fibrous sources of carbohydrates from starch, how do you expect to lose inches from your waist line?

There are many vegetables that are incredibly fibrous which pretty much means that they digest slowly. This supplies our body with long lasting energy that serves us well. When a carbohydrate source is starchy, it must be limited.

Notice that I said limited and not eliminated. It is safe to acquire some starchy vegetables in our diet. The issue with starch comes from its rapid digestion rate and its tendency to spike our insulin level.

Let me give you a quick rundown on what happens:

  1. Starchy carbohydrates are consumed
  2. These starchy products are broken down into generous amounts of glucose (blood sugar)
  3. When glucose remains in our blood stream for too long, it can become toxic. To prevent this from occurring, insulin is released to collect the excess glucose
  4. Some of the glucose is converted into glycogen and is stored in the muscles as a source of energy
  5. Then a fair chunk of glucose is converted into fat

Learn to differentiate between starchy vegetables and fibrous vegetables.

An few examples of starchy vegetables would be potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips and sweed.


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