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May 6, 2013

Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, and Resistant Starch in White Vegetables: Links to Health Outcomes

Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD

Abstract

Vegetables are universally promoted as healthy. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend that you make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Vegetables are diverse plants that vary greatly in energy content and nutrients. Vegetables supply carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and resistant starch in the diet, all of which have been linked to positive health outcomes. Fiber lowers the incidence of cardiovascular disease and obesity. In this paper, the important role of white vegetables in the human diet is described, with a focus on the dietary fiber and resistant starch content of white vegetables. Misguided efforts to reduce consumption of white vegetables will lower intakes of dietary fiber and resistant starch, nutrients already in short supply in our diets.

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References

  1. Joanne L. Slavin, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, and Resistant Starch in White Vegetables: Links to Health Outcomes, Advances in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2013, Pages 351S–355S, https://doi.org/10.3945/an.112.003491
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