Thursday, April 28, 2005

Low-Carb Potatoes Are A Freak Of Science

News-Medical.Net offers a strange new offering for people wanting to fulfill their craving for a traditionally high-carb food while doing a low-carb lifestyle -- a low-carb potato! That sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

After first introducing these genetically-altered low-carb potatoes in January, University of Florida researchers went back to the drawing board to offer low-carb consumers an even bigger and better-tasting potato they can sink their teeth into. This new potato is expected to release to the marketplace next month.

With 30% less carbs and 25% less calories than a "normal" potato, these low-carb wonders of science have a yellow instead of white flesh tone. But I warn people who are livin' la vida low-carb about eating these so-called low-carb potatoes.

Since an average potato has 19 grams of carbohydrates, these new spuds only drop the carb total to 13 grams each. Say it with me now: THAT IS NOT LOW-CARB ENOUGH FOR ME ON MY LOW-CARB LIFESTYLE! It's not. When people are trying to lose weight on low-carb, a potato offering 13 carbs is detrimental to your cause.

I'm not a big fan of these fake foods that scientists cook up in their lab or in their personal guinea pig gardens. While it's nice to have alternatives to those foods we thought we couldn't live without, they really have become unnecessary for most of us doing the low-carb lifestyle.

There's a better way to get the taste of potatoes without all the extra carbs associated with them. Have you tried cauliflower? If you mash it up and put butter, cheese and sour cream on it, I bet you couldn't tell it wasn't potatoes! It's little things like this that make the low-carb lifestyle work. You lose your cravings for those foods you thought you couldn't live without. YOU REALLY DO!

If you feel like you need these new "low-carb potatoes," just remember not to overindulge and that there are better alternatives that will give you the taste you desire.

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Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Has anyone tried these low-carb potatoes? What did you think? Were they worth wasting 13 carbs to you? Just wondering...

4/28/2005 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Those potatoes would be too much for me. Just steam or microwave cauliflower and blend or mash it with butter and cheese. It has the texture of mashed potatoes and a mild enough taste and a lot less carbs.

4/28/2005 9:04 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey Mary,

As someone who used to HATE cauliflower and now LOVE it prepared as you have described, you'll never believe you're not eating potatoes! I HIGHLY encourage people to give it a try and let us know what they think.

4/28/2005 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

OK, I've tried it that way and although I love cauliflower, I don't like it smushed up and masquerading as potatos! I prefer mine lightly steamed and topped w/ cheese.

5/03/2005 3:55 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

That tastes good, too, Karen! :-) In fact, when I eat at Golden Corral, that's exactly what I do with my cauliflower. And I add bacon to give it that zing! Thanks for writing!

5/03/2005 4:04 PM  

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