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More Than Just a Purple Potato

Although potato growers, large grocery chains and potato processors continue to meet the consumer’s insatiable appetite for fries and chips, the consumption value of all potato varieties is being lost in the bin. When the potato was given a bad reputation in the high protein diet craze, consumers began to move to other starches. Recently, the industry has attempted to prompt a new conversation about the nutritional value of the humble spud….

New Potato Nutrition Facts Label in the United States

Potatoes USA has developed an updated new Nutrition Facts Label for fresh potatoes to meet updated FDA guidance. A new label was released in the fall to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revisions to the requirements for Nutrition Facts Labels. Since that new label was released, more guidance and changes have been provided by FDA prompting the updated version. The FDA has made adjustments to their Recommended Daily Value of…

Scientists hope to harvest ‘wonder drug’ from potatoes

Imagine a substance with the potential to fight cancer, Aids, osteoporosis and heart disease, as well as curing ulcers, healing wounds and killing drug-resistant bacteria. Scottish agricultural scientists are investigating the possibility of extracting the compound, called solanesol, from the leftover leaves of potato harvests, which are usually burnt off or dumped. The chemical is already a key component in the manufacture of coenzyme Q10, which is used in beauty products to…

Breakthrough ‘Spud’ Offers Canadians Important Health Benefits

Health-conscious food lovers now have more choice in the produce aisles, with the arrival of the Carisma potato from EarthFresh Farms. New to Canada and Ontario-grown, Carisma has been found to have a lower glycemic response (GR),* meaning it does not cause the rapid spike in blood sugar that normally comes from eating carbohydrate-rich foods. Farmed from traditional seed and without the use of biotechnology, this non-GMO potato is a desirable choice…

Michael Smith Promotes Potatoes

Michael Smith loves potatoes, and he’s reaching out on social media May 26 at 9.m. Eastern Time to let the whole world know. The internationally renowned chef is starring in two potato-related videos that are among a series of 10 videos produced for the Half Your Plate campaign to promote eating more fruits and vegetables by filling half your plate with these food items. The first of them is being released this week…

Searching for an Agile Potato

It’s no secret that rice has been the dominant crop in Asia for some time. It’s estimated that more than 90 per cent of the world’s rice supply is produced in the region and it occupies more land there than any other single crop. A team of researchers with the International Potato Centre (CIP) recently began work on a program that it hopes will provide more and better planting choices for growers…

Low Glycemic Potatoes

A team of researchers at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, N.B., and the Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta has developed a low glycemic potato. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada project lead Benoit Bizimungu says this development could help consumers to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve the management of diabetes. Not only that, but the new low glycemic index variety could create new market opportunities for potato growers. Glycemic index or GI…

Nutrition in a Compact Package

Potatoes are among the healthiest vegetables available to consumers but the focus on reducing carbohydrate intake in many weight loss plans has given them a black eye. Now, two Ontario research scientists are working to restore the potato’s healthy profile in an effort to re-educate the public and provide growers with more information to share about the nutritional value of potatoes — particularly, the health benefits of coloured tubers. Agriculture and Agri-Food…

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