Starch Content of Foods

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Food NameStarch
Cheese, cream0.35
Cheese, neufchatel0.50
Cream, sour, cultured0.00
Milk, chocolate, fluid, commercial, reduced fat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D1.60
Cheese, cream, fat free1.05
Cream, half and half, fat free0.00
Milk, chocolate, fluid, commercial, reduced fat, with added calcium1.60
Mustard, prepared, yellow0.63
Horseradish, prepared0.00
Babyfood, dinner, macaroni and tomato and beef, strained0.03
Babyfood, macaroni and cheese, toddler8.10
Babyfood, dinner, vegetables and beef, strained0.03
Babyfood, dinner, macaroni and cheese, strained1.42
Babyfood, vegetables, green beans, strained1.31

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Starch is a carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose units joined together by glycosidic bonds. This polysaccharide is produced by all green plants as an energy store.

Pure starch is a white, tasteless and odorless powder that is insoluble in cold water or alcohol.

Starch is processed to produce many of the sugars in processed foods. Dissolving starch in warm water gives wheatpaste, which can be used as a thickening, stiffening or gluing agent. The biggest industrial non-food use of starch is as adhesive in the papermaking process.

Starch in Foods and Diet

Starch is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and is contained in many staple foods. The major sources of starch intake worldwide are the cereals (rice, wheat, and maize) and the root vegetables (potatoes and cassava). Many other starchy foods are grown, some only in specific climates, including acorns, arrowroot, arracacha, bananas, barley, breadfruit, buckwheat, canna, colacasia, katakuri, kudzu, malanga, millet, oats, oca, polynesian arrowroot, sago, sorghum, sweet potatoes, rye, taro, chestnuts, water chestnuts and yams, and many kinds of beans, such as favas, lentils, mung beans, peas, and chickpeas. Widely used prepared foods containing starch are bread, pancakes, cereals, noodles, pasta, porridge and tortilla.

Digestive enzymes have problems digesting crystalline structures. Raw starch will digest poorly in the duodenum and small intestine, while bacterial degradation will take place mainly in the colon. When starch is cooked, the digestibility is increased. Hence, before humans started using fire, eating grains was not a very useful way to get energy.

Starch gelatinization during cake baking can be impaired by sugar competing for water, preventing gelatinization and improving texture.

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Foods High in Starch

List of 100 foods highest in starch content. Starch values are in grams per 100 grams of food weight.

Foods Highest in Starch Starch

Rice, white, long-grain, precooked or instant, enriched, dry 74

Cornmeal, degermed, enriched, yellow 73

Cornmeal, degermed, unenriched, white 73

Cornmeal, degermed, unenriched, yellow 73

Cornmeal, degermed, enriched, white 73

Cereals ready-to-eat, KELLOGG, KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES 72

Snacks, pretzels, hard, plain, salted 71

Sorghum flour 71

Potatoes, mashed, dehydrated, flakes without milk, dry form 71

Cereals, corn grits, yellow, regular and quick, enriched, dry 70

Millet flour 70

Cereals ready-to-eat, KELLOGG, KELLOGG'S Corn Flakes 69

Rice, white, long-grain, parboiled, unenriched, dry 68

Rice, white, long-grain, parboiled, enriched, dry 68

Cereals, corn grits, white, regular and quick, enriched, dry 68

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 9% protein, bleached, unenriched 68

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 9% protein, bleached, enriched 68

Corn flour, whole-grain, blue (harina de maiz morado) 68

Cereals, farina, enriched, assorted brands including CREAM OF WHEAT, quick (1-3 minutes), dry 67

Crackers, saltines, low salt (includes oyster, soda, soup) 67

Crackers, saltines (includes oyster, soda, soup) 67

Cereals, QUAKER, corn grits, instant, plain, dry 67

Corn flour, masa, enriched, white 66

Corn flour, masa, unenriched, white 66

Corn flour, masa, enriched, yellow 66

Cereals ready-to-eat, wheat, shredded, plain, sugar and salt free 65

USDA Commodity, Bakery, Flour Mix Low-fat 65

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 10% protein, bleached, enriched 64

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 10% protein, bleached, unenriched 64

Foods Highest in Starch Starch

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 10% protein, unbleached, enriched 64

Cornmeal, blue (Navajo) 64

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 11.5% protein, bleached, unenriched 63

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 11.5% protein, bleached, enriched 63

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 11.5% protein, unbleached, enriched 63

Macaroni, dry, unenriched 62

Spaghetti, dry, unenriched 62

Spaghetti, dry, enriched 62

Macaroni, dry, enriched 62

Snacks, yucca (cassava) chips, salted 62

Cornmeal, yellow (Navajo) 62

Piki bread, made from blue cornmeal (Hopi) 61

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 13% protein, bleached, enriched 61

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 13% protein, bleached, unenriched 61

Crackers, whole-wheat, reduced fat 61

Snacks, popcorn, unpopped kernels 61

Tortilla chips, yellow, plain, salted 61

Cornmeal, white (Navajo) 60

Cereals ready-to-eat, Ralston Corn Flakes 60

Snacks, GENERAL MILLS, CHEX MIX, traditional flavor 60

Snacks, popcorn, microwave, 94% fat free 60

Bread crumbs, dry, grated, plain 60

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 15% protein, bleached, unenriched 60

Wheat flour, white (industrial), 15% protein, bleached, enriched 60

Snacks, pita chips, salted 59

Cereals ready-to-eat, GENERAL MILLS, KIX 58

Snacks, potato chips, fat-free, made with olestra 58

USDA Commodity, Bakery, Flour Mix 58

Cereals, oats, regular and quick, not fortified, dry 58

Crackers, snack, GOYA CRACKERS 58

Wheat flour, whole-grain 58

Foods High in Starch Starch

Taco shells, baked 57

Amaranth, uncooked 57

Crackers, whole-wheat 57

Cereals, oats, instant, fortified, plain, dry 57

Pancakes, plain, dry mix, complete (includes buttermilk) 56

Soup, ramen noodle, beef flavor, dry 56

Snacks, tortilla chips, low fat, made with olestra, nacho cheese 56

Cereals ready-to-eat, GENERAL MILLS, CHEERIOS 56

Tostada shells, corn 55

Bread crumbs, dry, grated, seasoned 55

Snacks, tortilla chips, ranch-flavor 55

Snacks, popcorn, air-popped 54

Spelt, uncooked 54

Soup, ramen noodle, any flavor, dry 54

Babyfood, cereal, oatmeal, dry 53

Snacks, tortilla chips, nacho cheese 53

Macaroni and cheese dinner with dry sauce mix, boxed, uncooked 53

Crackers, cheese, regular 53

Kamut, uncooked 52

Quinoa, uncooked 52

Crackers, cream, GAMESA SABROSAS 52

Pie crust, refrigerated, regular, baked 52

Tortilla, blue corn, Sakwavikaviki (Hopi) 52


Soup, ramen noodle, chicken flavor, dry 51


Crackers, wheat, reduced fat 51

Soup, chicken noodle, dry, mix 51

Snacks, plantain chips, salted 51

Crackers, standard snack-type, regular 50

Snacks, bagel chips, plain 49

Foods High in Starch Starch

Cereals ready-to-eat, Ralston Enriched Bran flakes 49

Bagels, plain, toasted, enriched, with calcium propionate (includes onion, poppy, sesame) 49

Pie crust, standard-type, frozen, ready-to-bake, enriched, baked 48

Corn, dried (Navajo) 48

Crackers, wheat, regular 48

Cereals ready-to-eat, POST, GRAPE-NUTS Cereal 48

Snacks, corn-based, extruded, puffs or twists, cheese-flavor 47

Snacks, potato chips, made from dried potatoes, fat-free, made with olestra 46

Corn, white, steamed (Navajo) 46

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