Potatoes in Canada

Potato with lower glycemic response available in Ontario

Health-conscious consumers now have more choice in the produce aisle, with the arrival of Carisma, an Ontario-grown potato that does not cause the rapid spike in blood sugar that normally comes from eating carbohydrate-rich foods.

Farmed from traditional seed and without the use of biotechnology, this non-GMO potato from EarthFresh Farms is a new option for consumers seeking to control their blood sugar levels, including people with or at risk of diabetes, athletes and those looking to control body weight.

"Glycemic response is reflective of the quality and quantity of carbohydrate in a food, which plays an important role in regulating blood sugar levels," said Jane Dummer, a registered dietitian and author, in a press release.

"Potatoes are highly nutritious as they offer valuable carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals with minimal fat, and are naturally gluten-free," Dummer added. "One medium (150 gram) Carisma potato is only 70 calories with 20 per cent daily value (DV) of vitamin C – good for immune, skin and hair health. It's also a good source of potassium with 15 grams of carbohydrate, three grams of fibre and three grams of protein."

For years now, Carisma potatoes have been grown and consumed in both Australia and the Netherlands and have quickly gained popularity among both the health-conscious set and foodies alike.

The Carisma is a flavourful, versatile potato with a creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture and can be eaten boiled, mashed or baked. Its taste and smooth texture are ideal for appetizers, soups, cold salads, warm sides and even baked fries and chips, making it an easy addition to a healthy, well-balanced diet.  

Carisma potatoes are currently grown and sold only in Ontario and available in limited quantities.  They can be purchased at Sobeys, Longo's, Metro and Whole Foods stores. They are packaged in 5lb poly bags and retail for approximately $6.99 per bag.

September 21, 2016  By EarthFresh Foods Inc.

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