Get the facts about these versatile vegetables.
Non-starchy vegetables are a key component in a variety of Dr. Oz’s diets, including The Day-Off Diet, The Total Choice Plan, and most recently in The 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet. But what are they exactly? Non-starchy vegetables are vegetables with little to no starch content, a type of complex carbohydrate that breaks down quickly in the body. These types of vegetables are low in calories, low in carbohydrates (making them low-glycemic), and rich in fiber. Find out how they compare against other vegetables and how you can include them in your healthy diet.
How Much to Eat
Your recommended vegetable intake varies based on your age, gender, and physical activity level. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating “a variety of vegetables from all of the five vegetable subgroups — dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other [vegetables]. These include all fresh, frozen, canned, and dried options in cooked or raw forms, including vegetable juices. The recommended amount of vegetables in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern at the 2,000-calorie level is 2 1/2 cup-equivalents of vegetables per day.” Get started with these non-starchy vegetable recipes.