Starchy Vegetables Have Substantially More Calories And Carbs

Understanding vegetable nutrition for this group can be confusing.

Even though starchy vegetables are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they do contain higher amounts of starch and have substantially more calories and carbohydrates than most other vegetables.

The list of vegetables in this category is complex carbohydrates. It takes longer for complex carbohydrates to be digested.

Examples are:

Potatoes - Potatoes are the number one vegetable crop in the world. They are a good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, and fiber. Most of the protein from potatoes is contained in the thin layer just under the skin. Believe it or not, a baked potato is a low calorie, cholesterol free, high fiber food.

Corn - Corn is a good source of vitamins B’s and C, foliate, and fiber. Corn is virtually fat free, but hard to digest. White corn has more fiber than yellow corn.

Green lima beans - Lima beans (also referred to as butter beans) are flat, light green in color, have a sweet, buttery taste and a meaty texture. They are a very good source of fiber. They tend to become mushy when overcooked.

Green peas - Green peas are rounded pods, slightly curved in shape and contain green, rounded peas. They are sweet and starchy in taste. Green peas have little fat and are good sources of iron, B vitamins, protein, and fiber.

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