What You Need to Know About Non-Starchy Veggies

Get the facts about these versatile vegetables.

What You Need to Know About Non-Starchy Veggies

Non-starchy vegetables are a key component in a variety of Dr. Oz’s diets, including The Day-Off Diet, The Total Choice Plan, and most recently in The 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet. But what are they exactly? Non-starchy vegetables are vegetables with little to no starch content, a type of complex carbohydrate that breaks down quickly in the body. These types of vegetables are low in calories, low in carbohydrates (making them low-glycemic), and rich in fiber. Find out how they compare against other vegetables and how you can include them in your healthy diet.

More: 10 Ways to Sneak More Veggies Into Your Meals

Non-Starchy vs. Starchy Vegetables

Starchy vegetables include vegetables such as beans, butternut squash, corn, parsnips, peas, plantains, potatoes, and pumpkins. They are rich in carbohydrates that the body needs but since they break down slowly, they can raise blood sugar levels during the process. This is important to consider if you have a condition such as diabetes which requires that you maintain a low blood sugar level as often as possible. In addition, many of us already consume plenty of starchy vegetables but not enough non-starchy vegetables on a regular basis. To balance blood sugar levels and keep the body healthy, it’s crucial to eat both starchy and non-starchy vegetables.

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Is Your Stomach Cramp Actually Diverticulitis?

It may not just be indigestion.

We've all been there — we get a cramp in our stomach, maybe with some nausea or constipation. It's easy to think it may just be indigestion. But what if it's something more serious like diverticulitis? That's a condition of inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches that can form in your digestive tract. Here's how to tell the difference between the pain and how to know when you should see a doctor.