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The 6th Thought: No Mo’ Potatoes?

The problem is that many women and children already consume enough potatoes and not enough of the nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables they need.

-Michelle Obama (source)

Is Michelle Obama really that uneducated when it comes to nutrition? How can she claim that too many potatoes are being consumed by women and children? Cite some sources for me please. Maybe I should introduce you to Dr. John McDougall, who would not agree with your statement. I think it’s a great idea to include potatoes in the WIC program. Potatoes do not make you fat. Eating potatoes prepared in oil or slathered with butter will lead you down the road to obesity. All it takes is a bit of education when it comes to nutrition and you can learn what you should be eating. Don’t hate the potato. “This conflict over the potato shows how backwards ideas can become when money is at stake” (source).

potato_nutritionIt’s unfortunate that misinformation and myths continue to make media headlines. Many Americans rely on meat for protein and dairy for calcium, while potatoes are nothing but empty calories and fattening. The potato has been a staple of civilizations, first being cultivated in South America as far back as 13,000 years ago. Spanish conquistadors brought the potato back to Spain in 1570, where it slowly spread through out Europe. “The most dramatic example of the potato’s potential to alter population patterns occurred in Ireland, where the potato had become a staple by 1800. The Irish population doubled to eight million between 1780 and 1841 — this, without any significant expansion of industry or reform of agricultural techniques beyond the widespread cultivation of the potato” (source).

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  • Vikki Calvin Deedrick says:

    If you put enough butter and sour cream on kale it becomes extremely unhealthy. Give me a plain potato anytime! In the meantime they call the tomato sauce on pizza a vegetable. How can we take these people seriously if that’s what they consider a serving of vegetables? It’s just all too ridiculous. They should put Jeff Novick in charge of school lunches and stay out of his way!

    05/29/2014 at 13:20
    • Steve says:

      Yeah I guess I am looking at that comment through McDougall glasses, knowing full well those potatoes will go home and be loaded up with fat or fried, not eating as a whole baked potato.

      05/30/2014 at 12:21

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