The problem here is the question itself. A starch is actually a type of carb.
There are 3 classifications of carbohydrates.
- 1. Sugar
- 2. Starch
- 3. Fiber
These classifications are grouped into 2 types:
- 1. Simple Carbs
- 2. Complex Carbs
So the question at hand really should be what is the difference between a complex carb (starches & fructose) and simple carbs (sugar)? Make sense?
Sugar is comprised of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, which are organized into single units.
Sugars contain just one or two of these units and are therefore “simple”.
Starches and fibers have many units of sugar, making them more “complex”.
So all starches are carbohydrates, but not all carbohydrates are starches. There is your answer.
What’s the Difference between simple and complex?
The difference is where the sugar comes from. While your body can’t distinguish the difference between the source of sugar once it’s digested, the food from which the sugar originated has a huge impact on your health because of the other nutrients in the food you consumed.
Some examples of simple carbs are table sugar, cake or candy. Examples of complex carbs include broccoli, brown rice and melon.
The Bottom Line
Choose complex carbohydrates like starches and fructose. They provide a more steady supply of energy and cause a less dramatic increase in your blood glucose levels. The foods in which complex carbs are found also provide a plethora of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins making them the better choice.