Fibre and starches

Starch is an example of a complex carbohydrate and include foods like bread, pasta, rice, couscous, potatoes, breakfast cereals, oats and other grains. In a balanced diet, starchy foods are our main source of energy, and it is recommended that about a third of our diets should be made up of these types of foods. Starchy foods can also provide fibre, which is important for digestive health. It is recommended that we consume at least 30g of fibre a day from beans and pulses, wholegrains, and starchy fruits and vegetables.

Whole grains (updated 2015)

09 July 2015

Advances in the milling and processing of grains allowed large-scale separation and removal of the bran and germ, resulting in refined flour that consists mainly of the starchy endosperm. However, the bran and germ contain important nutrients that are lost when the grain is refined. 

Whole grain (Q&A)

16 June 2014

To be defined as ‘whole grain’, a food product must retain the same relative proportions of its components (bran, germ and endosperm) as they exist in the intact grain.


31 July 2012

Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in our diet (fat and protein being the others). They exist in many forms and are mainly found in starchy foods such as bread, pasta, and rice, as well as in some beverages, e.g. fruit juices and sugar-sweetened drinks.