With so much nutritional information currently on the market, it can be difficult to make an informed decision regarding what starch you should choose for your family. When making a selection, be sure to rule out white pasta, bread, and potatoes–these items have been found to produce the most dangerous health conditions of all types of starches.
White pasta is another starch that should be avoided, no matter if you are concerned about weight loss or simply are looking for a way to improve your current nutritional status. White pasta is composed primarily from simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are those that do not contain any fiber, and therefore are digested at a very rapid rate. When you eat carbohydrates that are rapidly digested, you not only are likely to take in a high amount of calories, but the food that you have eaten will not stay in your stomach for an extended period of time. This leaves you feeling hunger, resulting in possible snacking between meals and subsequent weight gain. In addition, the consumption of simple carbohydrates has been linked to blood sugar spikes and drops. This can lead to dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and in serious cases, can even lead to a coma. For best results, choose whole grain pasta when possible. Whole grain pastas are not only slower digesting, therefore helping prevent possible weight gain, but can also be effective in the prevention of the symptoms of blood sugar spikes and crashes as described above.
If you are interested in weight loss, white bread is one type of starch that you should definitely avoid. This is due not only to the high amounts of simple carbohydrates, but also because of the high amounts of fat and calories that are typically found in most types of white breads. The large amount of fat and calories that are found in white bread can not only contribute to serious weight gain and obesity, but may even be responsible for increases in the instances of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even some types of cancers.
As with white bread and white pasta, potatoes are another type of food that you may want to consider avoiding. As with the other foods described above, potatoes contain high amounts of simple carbohydrates, and therefore have been often blamed for weight gain and blood sugar crashes. However, one of the primary reasons why potatoes may be so dangerous to your health is due to the way in which potatoes are prepared. Often, potatoes are fried, which imparts high amounts of fat and calories to the potatoes. In addition, potatoes are often fried in saturated fat, which has been strongly linked to the development of cardiovascular disease. For best results, prepare your potatoes in their most natural form–baked with little added fat, oil, cheese, or salt. In addition, consider keeping the peel on the potato–it is high in fiber, and therefore can actually prevent some of the symptoms described above.