Potato Surprise

A McGill University study shows that potato consumption can actually reduce weight gain, reports Hugh Merwin:

“It’s an interesting development for the generally derided vegetable. People love French fries, and some can even muster impromptu prose poems about how it is the destiny of every young Yukon Gold or new potato to someday become mashed. But potatoes have become synonymous with carbs and starch, and any time the conversation veers toward nutrition and potatoes, well, hardly anyone misses the opportunity to trash-talk Russet Burbanks and their ilk.”

Spud Dud

The USDA recently approved a genetically modified potato, which is “intended to reduce cancer by eliminating acrylamide.” Michael Ruhlman is appalled:

“It causes cancer in rats and therefore, maybe, in humans? We don’t know for certain. In one of these links a scientist guessed that 3,000 people a year get cancer from acrylamide, though on what he based his guess is, well, anybody’s guess….

“And here’s my rant line: We fuck with our food at our own peril.”