Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Neiker creates two new potato varieties of great nutritional value

Potatoes, an essential food in human nutrition, have two new varieties produced by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, NEIKER-Tecnalia. They are ‘Entzia’ and ‘Miren’, characterised by their great nutritional value and suitability for industrial processing. They are both striking in appearance since ‘Miren’ has a bright yellow flesh and ‘Entzia’ a purple one. Source: See on[Read More…]

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New Zealand: Potatoes aren’t the enemy

The poor potato has had a bit of a hard time lately. A lot of people have swapped it for kumara or cut all forms of potato out of their diets completely. I’m quite often asked, “Are potatoes healthy?” While a kumara does have more nutritional value, the potato is nothing to scoff at. It’s time to take a look[Read More…]

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Canada: High hopes for low glycemic spud

A new potato variety developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada could open up new menu possibilities for people with diabetes and others who follow low GI diets. 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. Glycemic index or GI is a relatively new[Read More…]

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McDonald’s has stopped trying to convince people its food is healthy

McDonald’s is taking an unapologetic approach for its food. In a Big Mac ad, the company shows mouth-watering views of its signature burger. McDonald’s emphasizes that the Big Mac is “not Greek yogurt” and “will never be kale.” The ad is a departure from McDonald’s recent strategy to convince people it is healthy. But former McDonald’s executive Larry Light notes[Read More…]

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US: Potato industry works to get spuds into schools

More potatoes could be on school cafeterias menus in the near future. The potato industry is targeting younger generations by bring spuds from the field to the lunch line with nearly 3,000 potato friendly salad bars in schools across the country. “At the core it’s focused on bringing the potato into the weekly diet of kids, from middle school, elementary[Read More…]

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McDonald’s India cuts salt, calories in burgers and fries

McDonald’s Corp is cutting the amount of calories and salt on its Indian menu as it fights to hold on to customers in a rapidly growing developing market where newer, healthier fast-food options are just starting to catch on. The burger chain is known globally for the consistency of its food, down to the thickness of fries or the amount[Read More…]

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Potato Council’s campaign “Cook Your Own Potatoes”, supported by Olympic athlete

Potato Council has added an exciting new dimension to its successful ‘Cook Your Own Potatoes’ project, with the introduction of a fantastic competition offering secondary schools the chance to win a visit from Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle MBE. Known as ‘Britain’s greatest ever gymnast’ for her many medal successes, Beth has teamed up with Potato Council to support the Cook[Read More…]

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McDonald’s January sales drop worse than expected, dragged by China, Japan

McDonald’s has reported a worse-than-expected drop in January sales, dragged down by its Asian restaurants. The world’s biggest fast food chain said, global sales in January fell 1.8 percent; higher than the projected 1.2 percent drop. Last month’s sales suffered amid food safety scandals in China and Japan. More

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Debunking the potato stigma

Potatoes used to be a staple in many people’s diet. However, their nutrition has been underestimated lately and they have often been categorized as unhealthy and as a contributor to weight gain. But potatoes can, in fact, act as a great source of a low-glycemic carbohydrate. Slightly cooked potatoes can serve as a very nutritious part of a meal. A[Read More…]

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Research finds baby potatoes are nutrient loaded

Research geneticist Roy Navarre, with the USDA’s Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has found that baby potatoes are exceptionally high in healthy phytonutrients. He sees unmet opportunity in baby potatoes for the spud industry to reach consumers who place a premium on aesthetically pleasing, highly nutritious gourmet ingredients. Navarre, with the USDA’s Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has analyzed baby[Read More…]

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National Potato Council applauds new Institute of Medicine recommendation on white potatoes

the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that is the first in a series to evaluate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The report recommended that USDA allow fresh white potatoes to be an eligible vegetable for purchase using the WIC Cash Value Voucher. This change[Read More…]

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Institute of Medicine says Americans should eat more starchy vegetables

It looks as though potatoes are good for you after all. The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday reversed past recommendations and said Americans should eat more starchy vegetables, potassium and fiber – nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes. Assuming the U.S. Department of Agriculture accepts the institute’s recommendation, white potatoes will be eligible for subsidized vouchers under the government’s Women,[Read More…]

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Revealed: 40% of young Brits binge on crisps and 75% skip meals

Almost a quarter of Brits – and 40% of under-25s – regularly consume an entire sharing bag of crisps by themselves in one sitting. So reveals a new poll for The Grocer that suggests the notion of three square meals a day is becoming a thing of the past, with 57% regularly skipping meals and grazing on snacks instead. Twenty[Read More…]

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McDonald’s in US vs. UK: How new British CEO may transform the burger chain

Get ready, America: McDonald’s new CEO is British and he’s bringing his fast food turnaround experience from across the pond. You’re not likely to see McDonald’s change French fries to “chips” stateside, but you may see a stronger emphasis on healthier, more fresh foods – a direction in which McDonald’s and other food brands are already heading. Steve Easterbrook, an[Read More…]

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US: GMO potato seeks FDA approval, opponents say safety risks remain

A new genetically modified potato is closer than ever to arriving in American grocery stores, but while advocates claim it can actually reduce the risk of cancer, opponents say not nearly enough is known to ensure public safety. Created by the J. R. Simplot Company, ‘Innate’ potatoes were created by inserting extra genes into them – genes that are modified[Read More…]

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US: Here Is Every Ingredient In Your Favorite Fast Food French Fries

With the help of Grant Imahara, a former Mythbuster, McDonald’s has tried to myth-bust their way into explaining why the McRib looks like a frozen sponge and show that their McNuggets aren’t made from pink slime. Now they’re explaining why there’s a crazy amount of ingredients in their fries, which I don’t even think was something we wondered about in[Read More…]

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Study links potato compounds to weight loss

Potatoes may hold secret compounds to help people lose weight and avoid diabetes, according to new research out of Canada. The seemingly counterintuitive study results by Stan Kubow, Luc Hobson, Michele M. Iskandar, Kebba Sabally, Danielle J. Donnelly and Luis B. Agellon, all with McGill University in Quebec, were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Source:[Read More…]

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Australia: Healthy spud marketed overseas

A potato proven to be safe for diabetics will soon be on dinner plates in Idaho, the mecca of spuds in the United States. The ‘Carisma’ has been around for some time, but became more prominent when chef and potato farmer Graham Liney took up the challenge to find a spud that was okay for diabetics and pre-diabetics to eat.[Read More…]

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India: Experts pin hopes on potato cultivation for nutritional security

On the opening day of the India International Potato Expo here on Thursday, Dr BP Singh, director, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, said potato played an important role in the nutritional security of the country. “The challenge of food security is over, with abundant wheat and rice being grown in the country, but it is not providing nutritional security. We[Read More…]

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McDonald’s Japan probes tooth in fries, nuggets

McDonald’s Corp.’s Japan business said a human tooth was found in fries, and plastics in chicken nuggets and sundae, in a series of food-safety issues that happened in the past six months. The affected nuggets, supplied by Cargill Inc.’s Thai unit, were sold at two outlets in Japan, including one in Tokyo, according to spokesman Takashi Hasegawa. The fast-food chain[Read More…]

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US: New research is good news for potato lovers

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrates that the glycemic index the basis of many popular diets may ultimately not be of high importance to those who already follow a healthful diet. “Proponents of the glycemic index claim that a low-GI diet can reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease” explained Katherine Beals,[Read More…]

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Potato extract could prevent weight gain, McGill research indicates

Recent lab testing being undertaken by researchers at Montreal’s McGill University indicates the humble potato could provide a key to weight control. Their research indicates potato extract has been shown to prevent obesity in mice. “[We chose] mice that were genetically prone to develop obesity when they were fed a high-fat diet, and to our astonishment there was an inhibition[Read More…]

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Romanians eat poor quality potatoes

Romanians are among the biggest consumers of potatoes in Europe, with about 94 kg per year, of which more than 20 kg are large, poor quality potatoes, which are imported at very low prices, according to the Romanian Potato Federation. “Potatoes with a diameter greater than 8 inches are sold for nothing abroad, with EUR 35-40 per tonne. They are[Read More…]

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Canadian researchers claim potato extract could prevent obesity

According to researchers from McGill University in Montreal, potato extract might curb weight gain from a high-fat, high-carb diet. The scientists reportedly fed mice a high-fat diet for 10 weeks that was either with or without potato extracts. What they found surprised them. Mice that were fed the potato extract gained just seven grams, compared to the 16 grams gained[Read More…]

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Canadian breeders develop new low-glycemic potato

There’s a new spud in town, and it’s made to suit Canada’s growing number of diabetics. The new and as yet unnamed potato has a lower-glycemic-index potential, improved digestibility, and can be enjoyed without creating a big spike of sugar and insulin in the body.  Research scientist Benoit Bizimungu developed the new variety with scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s[Read More…]

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US: WIC policy change would be big win for all-powerful potato lobby

Under the massive new spending bill just passed by the House, low-income women would be able to buy white potatoes with vouchers issued by the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program for the first time ever. (“White potatoes” for these purposes are all potatoes that aren’t orange yams or sweet potatoes, which are already allowed.) It would be a victory[Read More…]

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