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Low-Carb Potato

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004

Mr. Smith, who is growing the new potato, says the potato 33 percent fewer carbohydrates than the average Russet Burbank. He and five other Florida farmers have formed a cooperative to grow and market the lower-carb potato, which they christened Florida SunLite.

(They liked Spud Lite better, Mr. Smith said, but feared Budweiser would complain.)

The new potato was developed by a Dutch seed company called HZPC, because it was disease resistant, tasty and pretty for a potato. They are paying HZPC for exclusive rights to grow the potato. Only late in the process did they realize their choice had fewer carbohydrates than most tubers, Dr. Hutchinson said, though they are not sure why.
"We're working right now to figure out what is going on in that potato," he said. "For now, I'll just say it's fairly unique."
And they want to have it on the market fast, so instead of planting in January, to capitalize on the buzz around the SunLite -media inquiries have come from as far away as Australia - they will plant in early September this year. The first crop should be ready in January, Mr. Smith said.

Source:  Diabetes In

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