GRANT COUNTY, Wash.— A Washington man just wrapped up a 60 day diet, full of potatoes.
Chris Voigt, head of the Washington State Potato Commission, went on the all spud diet October 1st, to draw attention to federal proposals to bar or limit potatoes in some food programs.
Voigt argued potatoes are high in nutrients, contain as much potassium as a banana, and has 45% the daily recommended value of vitamin C.
Potatoes are the only vegetable not allowed for purchase under the federal Women, Infants, and Children program, known as WIC.
The USDA has also been urged to limit potatoes in school lunch programs across the country.
In his two month diet, Voigt lost 21 pounds and his cholesterol level dropped 67 points.
Voigt said he isn’t sick of potatoes yet and plans to continue eating them.
For his first big meal, he planned to eat tacos, fajitas, fruit, and a side of grilled potatoes.