Fibre and starches

Starches are complex carbohydrates, found in staple foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, couscous. In a balanced diet, starchy foods are our main source of energy, and it is recommended that about a third of our diets are made up of these types of foods.

Starchy foods, but also fruits and vegetables, also provide fibres, which are important for digestive health. It is recommended that we consume at least 25 g of fibre a day, from beans and pulses, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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Should we cut the carbs and opt for fats? 

06 October 2017

Recent media headlines claim that low-fat diets could increase your risk of early death by almost one quarter.  However, the coverage is based on a study that mainly looked at people in lower- and middle- income countries outside Europe, so it may not be relevant for the general European population.