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What is resistant starch?

Resistant starch is a form of starch that is not fully broken down and absorbed in the small intestine. It passes through the small intestine intact and is then fermented in the large intestine. As a result, it is classified as a type of dietary fibre. Resistant...

Does starch contain fibre?

Fibre is contained in a particular form of starch, called resistant starch. Fibre, like sugars and starches, is a type of carbohydrate. However, fibre is different because it is not digested by the human body in the same way as sugars and starches. It passes through...

How can you tell if a food product contains starch-based ingredients?

Easy, you just need to look at the label! According to EU law, all ingredients must be listed on the pack. So, if a starch based ingredient has been used in a product, it will be mentioned on the product pack. Ingredients must be listed by weight in a decreasing...

Are added sugars worse for my health than naturally occurring ones?

No, because the human body does not differentiate between sugars naturally present in food or sugars added during the cooking process. Once ingested, all sugars, regardless of their origin, are broken down into the molecules of glucose, fructose and galactose and are...

Is it true that we should avoid eating fructose?

No. According to the current scientific evidence the fructose consumption per se does not have any negative impact on health and does not lead to unhealthy weight gain. As explained by the World Health Organisation (WHO1), the fundamental cause of obesity is an energy...