Thursday, September 16, 2010

20 Potatoes a Day Keeps the … Hypokalemia Away?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM


You might remember this concept from Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary Super Size Me: A dude commits to eating only one kind of food for an extended period of time in order to expose the food’s health effects. While Spurlock’s physical condition took a nose-dive after eating only McDonald’s for a month, Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, hopes that his food stunt will have the opposite effect.

Voigt plans to eat 20 potatoes a day for 60 straight days with no other supplements to show that they are healthier than low-carb-ites would have you believe.

“In an effort to remind the public about the nutritional value of potatoes, I am going on a diet consisting of ONLY POTATOES, nothing else. No toppings, no chilli [sic], no sour cream, no cheese, no gravy, just potatoes and maybe some seasonings or herbs and a little oil for some of the cooking,” Voigt wrote on his website.

According to, the Washington State Potato Commission website, potatoes contain 45 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 620 milligrams of potassium per 5.3 ounce serving. Voigt will include processed potato products in his diet like french fries, mashed potatoes, tater tots and potato chips, but he also has plans to get creative in the kitchen.

"I think I'm going to be playing with textures … I thought maybe I could barbecue those, get a little crunchy texture and then like make lasagna, put some mashed potatoes in the middle and then another layer of that crunchy lasagna (noodle-type potato) on top of it," Voigt said in an interview with Capital Press.

While this is undoubtedly a press stunt, it makes us think the Idaho Potato Commission needs to step up their PR game a little. The potato pins are pretty cool, but we demand more. Hot potato dance offs? Potato gun battles to the death? If we slip into the No. 2 potato state spot, what the heck are we gonna put on our license plates?


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