Seven good reasons to eat more starch.
Seven Good Reasons to Eat More Starch . When you eat more complex
carbohydrates, you cut back on fatty foods. . Complex carbohydrates are
not necessarily fattening and are most always low in fat. . Each gram
of carbohydrates supplies four calories -- the same protein -- and about
half as much fat; one fat gram supplies nine calories. . Unrefined
starchy carbohydrates are filling; they are good foods for those who
want to lose weight. Recent studies show that diets high in complex
carbohydrates are the most nutritious and effective weight-loss diets.
As reported by researcher Dr. Roland Weinsier, director of clinical
nutritional sciences at University of Alabama School of Medicine, who
says: "A large intake of complex carbohydrates, such as unrefined
starches, fruits, and vegetables -- that are high in bulk and low in
energy density -- will result in longer eating time (since the person
chews longer), will bring about satiety, and will result in lower
calorie intake." . Unrefined starchy carbohydrates are high in
fiber, which may protect against numerous diseases, including some forms
of cancer. Complex carbohydrates -- plant foods (grains, vegetables,
fruits, nuts, seeds) are the only source of fiber in the diet. .
Complex carbohydrates are "nutrient dense"; that is--unlike
"empty calorie" sugars -- they contain a high ratio of
nutrients per calorie; they pack a large nutritional punch. . Complex
carbohydrates are the only major food constituents -- in contrast to
fat, sugar, and protein -- that have never been tied to dangerous health