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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 consequences.
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Author:Carper, Jeanne
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jan 1, 1989
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