Potatoes-only diet raises spud value awareness

Created: 10/25/10 (Mon) | Topic: Education

Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is three weeks into a “potatoes-only” diet to remind consumers about the nutritional value of the potato. “I want to show the world that the potato is so healthy, that you could live off them alone for an extended period of time, without any negative impact to your health,” Voight wrote on the 20 Potatoes a Day website.

Voight vowed to eat a diet consisting of only potatoes and nothing else for 60 days…“no toppings, no chili, no sour cream, no cheese, no gravy, just potatoes and maybe some seasonings or herbs and a little oil for some of the cooking.” That means he must consume 20 potatoes daily to get sufficient calories. Twenty potatoes provide more than 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of more than a dozen nutrients, according to the commission. This includes 942 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C, 345 percent of potassium, more than 150 percent of thiamin and niacin, 124 percent of iron and 116 percent of protein.

Under an interim rule, the Agriculture Department recently announced participants in the Women, Infants and Children program would be barred from using federal dollars to buy potatoes. Potatoes are the only vegetable not allowed.

American Farm Bureau recommends that USDA include potatoes in the WIC program. Read The Packer article.

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