Have you heard of “starchy” and “starchy” vegetables? If so, you may be confused about these two categories and what they mean for your health.
To make things even more confusing, some nutrition experts recommend not eating starchy vegetables, thinking that non-starchy vegetables provide higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals.
Read on to understand the differences between these two vegetables and the similarities between them. And find out why I think both vegetables belong to your child’s diet (and their own diet)!
What are starchy and non-starchy vegetables?
Compared to other vegetables (“starchy”), vegetables that contain more carbohydrates and calories are labeled “starch.” The following are common vegetables in the “starch” category: corn, peas, potatoes, zucchini, parsnips, squash, squash and acorn.
Starchy vegetables are much larger and include vegetables such as spinach, celery, broccoli, radishes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and beets.
Non-starchy vegetables provide powerful vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Many of these vegetables (such as broccoli, onions and tomatoes) have many benefits, from preventing cancer to reducing inflammation and improving cholesterol. With these obvious benefits, the health tips on non-starchy vegetables are almost the same: eat more!
But what about starchy vegetables? You may have heard that they are not nutritional and you should skip them. Alternatively, you should concentrate on providing your child with non-starchy vegetables. What to do … Are starchy vegetables harmful?
In short, no!
Why eat starchy vegetables?
If you need to limit your intake of starchy vegetables because of the words “high carbohydrates” and “high calories,” consider two ways that disadvantaged vegetables can improve home health, one of which is Starchy Vegetables.
First, starchy vegetables are still rich in vitamins and minerals (although they may not be as bright as kale).
One serving of green peas contains more vitamin A than you need for a day, almost half of your vitamin C and one fifth of your iron per day. Pumpkin and squash contain beta-carotene, which helps keep bones, skin, eyes and the immune system healthy. All starchy vegetables contain a lot of fiber.
Second, the carbohydrates and calories in starchy vegetables can help your family fill up after a meal. (Try to eat full, spinach is full. Hard!)
Feeling satisfied is essential for the physical and mental health of your family. And avoid children asking for snacks all day!
Most importantly, both vegetables are essential for your overall health. In fact, even the American Diabetes Association has given green light to starchy vegetables that need to strictly control blood sugar levels. So keep enjoying these vegetables. For your health!