Starchy carbohydrate foods, such as bread, potatoes, rice and breakfast cereals, provide us with energy and other nutrients, including iron and B vitamins.
Starchy foods should make up about a third of your total daily energy intake.
Choose unrefined types that are higher in fibre. They’ll make you feel full for longer and help to control hunger.
A balanced diet should contain about five portions of starchy foods each day. A portion is equivalent to:
Three tablespoons of breakfast cereal
One large slice of bread
Three heaped tablespoons of pasta
Two egg-size potatoes
Two heaped tablespoons of rice