What Are Some Examples of Starch-Free Foods?


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Examples of starch-free foods include meat, fish, dairy, almonds and olive oil, according to Positive Health. Vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, fennel, garlic and onions are starch free even when cooked. Honey, maple syrup, coffee and tea are also examples of foods that do not contain starch.

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Starch is a complex carbohydrate made up of many simple sugars bonded together and naturally occurs in vegetables, grains, cooked dry beans and peas, states Mayo Clinic.

High-protein foods such as seafood, poultry, pork and eggs contain no starch because they do not contain complex carbohydrates. Ripe fruits, such as peaches, plums, cherries, apples and pears contain simple sugars and do not contain starches. Other examples of starch-free fruits include melons, berries and citrus fruits.

Non-starchy vegetables have about 5 grams of carbohydrate, but most of the carbohydrate is fiber, rather than starch. Other starch-free vegetables include salad greens, eggplant, squash, mushrooms and tomato, according to the American Diabetes Association. Furthermore, condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, flax and hemp seed oil are also starch free. Though dairy products contain sugar in the form of lactose, they do not contain complex carbohydrates so milk, yogurt and many cheeses are additional examples of starch-free foods.

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