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March 29, 2021 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

How to Do Your Starches Right

Starches are “comfort foods” that we all tend to want and even crave. Some are great for you while others are bad for you. Here are the lists of both to guide you to better health.

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Good Starches
Any form of beans, peas, or lentils
Any form of winter squash – butternut, acorn, kabocha, pumpkin, etc.
Any intact whole grains – quinoa, brown rice, barley, bulgur, oatmeal, etc.
100% whole wheat pasta, multigrain pasta, or bean-based pasta
Root vegetables – sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, etc.

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Bad Starches
White potatoes
White rice
Any form of flour-based starches – bread, rolls, biscuits, etc.
Regular/standard pasta


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