Starches come in all different shapes and sizes: cereals, toast, muffins, oatmeal, potatoes, pasta, beans, tortillas, rice cakes—just to name a few. But did you know that eating too much starch can have the same effect as eating too much sugar?

Starch is made of glucose (a.k.a.: sugar) and when digested, is broken down into sugar. This leads to dramatic variations in blood sugar levels, causing them to quickly surge and then drop. These fluctuations are linked to your energy levels, hunger, and cravings – often times leading to overeating.

Processed and refined starches, especially, can be addictive and leave you wanting more than just the standard portion size. So if you’re frequenting that bowl of pasta a few nights a week…it may be to blame for the reason your jeans are getting a little tight.

Take small steps to try reducing your starch intake to see the positive influences it will make on your health. Start by eliminating processed foods – so, yes, that means all pre-packaged foods found in your grocery store snack aisle! Instead replace those “simple carbs” with “complex carbs,” such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, fruits and veggies (yup, don’t forget vegetables are a carb, too!)

Make these small changes and be sure to watch for improvements in your energy levels, and overall health and well-being!

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