As the name indicates, added refined starch denotes the sugars and starches (carbohydrates, added to food.
Source of added sugars
The starch constituent of a grain, corn, or of a vegetable, such as potato, used as an ingredient in another food.
Starches have been refined to remove other components of the food, such as fiber, protein, and minerals.
Purpose of refining starches
Refined starches can be added to foods as a thickener, a stabilizer, a bulking agent, or an anti-caking agent.
Poor in nutrition
While refined starches are made from grains or vegetables, they contain little or none of the many other components of these foods that together create a nutrient-dense food.
Rich in calories and poor in nutrition
The added refined starches are a source of calories but few or no other nutrients.
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