Starch, The Hidden Carbohydrate That Rarely Shows Up In Nutritional Facts
Starch may be one of nutrition’s dirtiest little secrets. My guess is that 99% of those of us looking at Nutritional Facts have no idea that this sneaky part of our calorie load is just plain missing!
We don’t have all the answer here at GWL but we can tell you, with certainty, that starch is almost always excluded from nutritional facts.
It is very strange and not clear why nutritional fact labels ignore it. The short, simple explanation might be that it is not required by the government. This could change. The next question, logically, is WHY? The intriguing piece is that, if you take the time to add up the calories in your nutrition facts label you will often find that CALORIES don’t add up to 100% of the product. I don’t know about you but this bugs the HECK out of me! Starch is often a big factor in this discrepancy.
What is starch?
It is a carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. TBT (truth be told) grains and legumes ARE vegetables but they are POWERHOUSE vegetables whereas lettuce, a vegetable, too, offers a very different level of energy when eaten.
Starch is a type of energy, very similar to sugar. When eaten, it can raise blood sugar levels dramatically, which is why, in our 30 Day Fat Burning Challenge, we encourage you to stay away from grains, beans, and certain high glycemic foods like potatoes.
As an introduction let’s begin with the general knowledge that starch is food. It is a carbohydrate. Starch provides significant energy and affects blood sugar similarly to sugar, whether natural or artificial.
In our 30 Day Challenge we try to avoid starch for the first 6 weeks of the program.