What Is The Difference Between Starch & Glucose?
What Is the Difference Between Starch & Glucose? Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015. Any food made with grains contains starch.Photo Credit: View Stock/View Stock/Getty Images Starch is a complex carbohydrate that is found in potatoes, whole grains and cereal grains, which consists of numerous glucose strands. Eventually, all complex carbohydrates -- with the exception of fiber -- are digested into glucose. Starch is a simple sugar, which is the smallest form of carbohydrate, and is the main source of energy for all cells. While both starch and glucose are considered carbohydrates, they have different effects in your body. As you chew, the glands in your mouth secrete saliva. Some of the enzymes in your saliva pull off those glucose branches from the starches before the enzymes send them down to your small intestine. Additional enzymes in your small intestine finish the conversion process, fully turning the starches into gluco Continue reading >>