Europe, UK, Ireland, Health/Nutrition/Food Safety, News August 2020, Processing, Varieties

Dutch group creates low carb french fry which is healthier than a traditional fry

Leon de Winter wasn’t impressed when his doctor told him he couldn’t eat french fries anymore. The Dutch writer had been diagnosed with diabetes and was put on a strict new diet — and french fries weren’t included. The writer quickly decided he would find low carb fries, however his internet searches turned up zilch. That didn’t deter de Winter and he enlisted his cousin León Eisman, a cardiac doctor, for help, writes Ashley Robinson in an article published by Spud Smart magazine.

The two started their research and discovered Dutch potato breeder HZPC was known internationally for its low carb potato varieties. HZPC had just released its line of Sunlite potatoes, which contained 30 per cent less calories than other potatoes, were naturally fat-free and low in sugar and sodium.

Aha, thought the Leons, they had found their solution. Alas, HZPC informed them their low carb potatoes could not be fried as they would burn on the outside. This didn’t deter the cousins and they took some home to experiment, and as they played around, they had an idea: What if you could put a coating on the potatoes which would allow them to fry?

Finally, a solution was found. “If you make a coating out of starch — a special potato starch — then you create a french fry that can be made in an air fryer. You make it without any fat and then you fry it and you can make really nice french fries,” Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC, says in a Skype interview.

Source: Spud Smart magazine. Go here to read the full article

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