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Non starchy carbs
Just looking to collate a list of non starchy carbs to replace my starches on rest days with, in the past I've had trouble hitting my desired 150g carb intake without the use of starches, so I throw the question out there in case I've overlooked or missed a certain foodstuff that could prove valuable.
Since carbohydrates come in one of two basic forms - sugars or starches, simple or complex - it seems the only sources of 'non-starchy carbs' would be sugars, or foods that contain sugars, like fruits and vegetables. Starches are just lots of sugar molecules linked together in a matrix.
Yes, I realise this, thanks for the lowdown NU
Just looking at getting a good few examples of what others use, I personally have - nuts, yogurt/cottage cheese, leafy greens (spinach and broccoli), berries, beets, tomatoes, mushrooms and the odd apple.
Fruit and veg (non starchy) essentially.
Why are you avoiding starch on your off days? So long as you're not going wildy over I don't see the difference, glucose is glucose.
Just read a few things of recent, to be honest I was a bit mystified too as I share the same simplification of 'glucose is glucose'.
Why not head over to nutritiondata.com and use their search tool to find foods highest in a particular nutrient of your choice and/or lowest? Here is a quick search I did that lists foods (by category) highest in sugar and lowest in starch:
Foods highest in Sugars, and lowest in Starch
But, as already mentioned, there is not much difference when it comes to the final result - it will all end up as glucose/fructose/galactose in the end.
Last edited by NU_nutrition_TS; 13-08-2010 at 12:16 PM.
Cheers again NU, I did use ND site before for a search, didn't realise you could specify a search in such detail.
Yes, it's a very handy tool if you want to narrow down your search to foods with a relatively specific nutrient ratio. For anyone interested, this is the direct link to the search page:
Find foods by nutrient - NutritionData.com
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