Now, a potato minus carbs, calories

London, February 8:

Scientists in Britain have developed potatoes with less carbohydrate and fewer calories but with all the other nutritional values of the regular spud.

British company Naturally Best that developed Vivaldi after nine years of research say their potato could a fulfil a dieters’ dream, reports the online edition of BBC News. According to tests by the Grimsby-based Allied Laboratory Services, the new potato has 26 per cent less carbohydrate and 33 per cent fewer calories. The potato, which has normal levels of vitamin C and other nutrients, was originally developed from seed for a creamy taste.

The popularity of the low glycaemic index (GI) diet has recently prompted a shift in the way spuds are perceived. Low GI diets involve replacing high GI foods, such as potatoes and white bread, with low GI options such as apples, pasta and beans. The potato will be available in Sainsbury’s stores.

“This great-tasting, versatile potato is the perfect solution for those of us who like to watch what we eat — and they taste just as good for those who don’t,” reported the online edition of the London Daily Mail quoting John Maylam of Sainsbury’s grocery store chain.