Your Favourite starch - and are you eating enough starch?

Discussion in 'From Healthier Eating to Sports Nutrition' started by morning glory, 5 Jun 2019.

  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    According to the NHS:
    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/starchy-foods-and-carbohydrates/

    What is your favourite starchy food - rice, noodles, pasta, potatoes, cereals? Do they make up over a third of your diet?
     
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  2. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I'm limited on starch because of diabetes. :headshake:
     
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  3. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Potatoes pasta and noodles here.

    Russ
     
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  4. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Its a toss up between potatoes and pasta. I do like yuca, but Karen isn't fond of it.
     
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  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I was thinking I never had Yuca but it seems to be the same as cassava - which I did have long ago when I lived in London next door to an Afro Caribbean street market.
     
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  6. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    It is a variety of cassava. The Cubans and other Caribbean islands also have boniato and malanga. Green plantains are starchy, but if let ripen to mostly or all black skin, the starch turns to sugar and they become sweet.
     
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  7. epicuric

    epicuric Veteran Staff Member

    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    I think, and hope that this NHS advice is out of date. Current guidelines are to limit consumption of processed white starch (white bread, rice and pasta) because it breaks down into sugar very quickly, and is one of the drivers behind Western obesity. Whole grain carbs are recommended instead.
     
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  8. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    It was last reviewed 31/03/2017. Next review due: 31/03/2020. I find most NHS advice on diet to be misleading. For example, sweet potatoes counts as one of your 5 a day but not ordinary potatoes!
     
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  9. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I've got to the point where I simply don't trust any guidelines regarding diet! There is so much conflicting evidence (for example, the salt myth). Whose guidelines are you referring to above?
     
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  10. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Part of the reason I'm not fond of it is that it's hard to prep. Getting it peeled is a pain in and of itself. Then you have to cut it into halves and sometimes quarters depending on how big it is, and it's a HARD root vegetable so that's also fun. Then, when you think you are done, nope, got to clean out the stringy fibrous center, which makes for very unpleasant eating. You can buy it frozen, peeled and chunked, though you still have to clean the center as they don't do that for some reason.
     
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  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    You just put me off!
     
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  12. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Sorry, but people deserve to know what they are getting into. The only way I'll let him get it anymore (unless he does the prep) is frozen.
     
  13. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Hmmm a new one on me.

    Russ
     
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  14. Kenmiller

    Kenmiller Member

    Location:
    edinburgh
    Stuffed Potato Patty is my favorite. But I always feel sleepy and lazy after taking heavy starchy food.
     
  15. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    That sounds good - Indian recipe? Any chance you can post the recipe?
     

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