STARCHY FOODS

Potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, chapattis, naan and plantain all contain carbohydrates, which is broken down into glucose and used by your cells as fuel.

Better option of starchy foods - such as whole grain bread, wholewheat pasta and basmati, brow or wild rice - contain fibre, which helps to keep your digestive system working well. They are generally more slowly absorbed ( that is, they have a lower glycaemic index, or GI), keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

How often ?

Try to include some starchy foods every day.

Try:

  • two slices of multigrain toast with scraping of spread and Marmite or peanut butter
  • rice, pasta or noodles in risottos, salads or stir-fries
  • potatoes any way you like - but don't fry them- with the skin left on for valuable fibre. Choose low-fat toppings, such as cottage cheese or beans.