Starchy foods are not inherently fattening. Weight gain typically results from eating more calories (from any source) than your body uses. The origin of the calories can also play a role: calories from foods that are energy-dense (high in fat and sugars) and poor in micronutrients promote further weight gain.
Starchy foods have an important role in a healthy and balanced diet: all food-based dietary guidelines recommend that our main source of energy comes from starchy foods.
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