Starch is a complex carbohydrate that consists of a high amount of glucose bonds. Foods that contain high levels of carbohydrates, or starch, put people with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, at risk for problems. Many foods contain starch and some of them may even be surprising.
Most people think of fruit as healthy, and that assumption is correct. However, fruits also contain large amounts of starch that is not healthy in high quantities. Raisins are on the lower end of the starch scale, containing only two grams of starch; plums or dried prunes contain a moderate amount at four grams; and bananas contain a whopping 12 grams of starch per serving.
Many people are aware that potatoes contain a lot of starch, about 40 grams. What most people do not realise is that there are a wide array of other vegetables that are also extremely starchy. Cucumbers served raw and with the peel on contain 11 grams of starch. Peas, including baby and LeSueur, have 12 grams of starch. Even carrots are high in starch, at seven grams per raw carrot.
Cereals and Pasta
Cereal is a popular breakfast food that can contain lots of vitamins and grains. A fact that is not commonly known is that cereals are also high in starch content. One packet of instant oatmeal with maple and sugar has 33 grams of starch in it, and a bowl of low fat cold cereal has 22 grams of starch. Spaghetti has 33 grams of starch as does macaroni.
The starch content in many snacks makes them unhealthy options, especially before bed. Pretzels are a logical option for people who want a snack without lots of fat, but they contain 38 grams of starch per serving. Plain white corn tortilla chips contain 24 grams of starch and fat-free microwave popcorn has 30 grams of starch.