Top 10 Foods Highest in Starch

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Starch

Starch is the most common form of carbohydrate and typically found in staple grains like rice, wheat, and corn. (1)

Healthy high starch foods include whole grains, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, minimally processed vegetables, and beans (legumes). Less healthy forms of starch include processed cereals, snacks, cakes, cookies, pies, pizzas, french fries, doughnuts, and foods which have been breaded and fried. (2)

Below are the top 10 foods highest in starch, for more, see the extended list of starch-rich foods.


List of High Starch Foods

Fried Onion Rings

#1: Fast Foods (Applebees Onion Rings)

Starch
per Order
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
114g33g18g

More Fast Foods High in Starch

-52g in a Taco Bell taco salad
-40g per Burger King Double Whopper
-40g in a Taco Bell bean burrito

See all fast foods high in starch.
French Bread

#2: French Bread

Starch
per Slice
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
61g44g33g

More Breads High in Starch

-37g per bagel
-30g per slice of pizza
-18g in 2 slices of whole wheat bread
-11g per slice of white bread
Brown Rice

#3: Brown Rice

Starch
per Cup
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
50g25g40g

More Grains High in Starch

-33g per cup of quinoa
-27g per cup of oatmeal
Potatoes

#4: Potatoes

Starch
in a Medium Potato
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
30g17g37g
-17g in 1 cup of cooked sweet potato
-14g in 10 french fries
Whole Wheat Spaghetti

#5: Whole Wheat Pasta

Starch
per Cup
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
30g26g34g
Navy Beans

#6: Navy Beans

Starch
per Cup
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
28g15g22g

More Beans High in Starch

-26g per cup of pinto beans
-23g per cup of kidney beans
-19g per cup of canned baked beans
A bowl of round colorful cereal

#7: Commercial Cereals (Rice Crispy Treats)

Starch
per 1.25 Cups
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
24g73g38g
A slice of pie

#8: Apple Pie

Starch
per Slice
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
20g15g11g
-18g in a pancake
-17g in 6 cheese crackers
-10g per slice of chocolate cake
Yellow Sweet Corn

#9: Sweet Corn

Starch
per Cup Cooked
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
8g6g13g
Bananas

#10: Bananas

Starch
per Cup Sliced
Starch
per 100g
Starch
per 200 Calories
8g5g12g

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More Starch Rich Foods

FoodServingStarch
#1 Amaranth
(Source)
per cup40g
#2 Spelt
(Source)
per cup38g
#3 Fast Foods (Subway Tuna Sub)
(Source)
per 6 inch sub29g
#4 Egg and Cheese Biscuit
(Source)
per biscuit26g
#5 Fried Yellow Plantains
(Source)
per cup22g
#6 Pretzels
(Source)
per oz21g
#7 Tortilla Chips
(Source)
per oz18g
#8 Popcorn
(Source)
per oz17g
#9 Mamey Sapote
(Source)
1 cup chopped11g
#10 Cake Doughnuts
(Source)
per donut10g

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Data Sources and References

  1. Starch: its metabolism, evolution, and biotechnological modification in plants. Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2010;61:209-34.
  2. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central

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