Are grits considered to be a starch? This is a tricky question to answer because grits are considered both a starch and a grain. Grits are considered a storage starch because storage starches are long-term energy strategies that allow the plant to survive during adverse climate situations by accessing the protected granules during extremes of drought or heat or flood or cold. Grits are also considered a grain because any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.