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Starchy foods often have a frightful reputation, but they’re not all bad, as a matter of fact, the right kind is great. Starch is a type of long-chain carbohydrate that takes a while for your body to digest—longer than pure sugar anyway. This gives you a steadier energy level as your system slowly turns them into sugar, which is your body’s primary energy source. If you’re looking for super healthy starchy foods, aim for ones that are minimally processed and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.