Thursday, September 30, 2010

Would You Eat 20 Potatoes a Day?

What happens if all you eat is potatoes? That's what Chris Voigt wants to know. And he's going to find out very soon.

Hot on he heels of the all-pizza and all-junk food diet initiatives that other 'activists' in various fields have embarked upon, Mr. Voigt, head of the Washington state potato commission is going to go all-spud to prove that potatoes are not only healthy but very nutritious as well. Mr. Voigt plans to eat 20 plain potatoes a day, with no fixins (except for some oil or herbs for cooking), for 60 days straight. That's a lot of potatoes!

Voigt wants to prove that you could essentially live off of a diet of potatoes alone if you had to. Potatoes are loaded with potassium, vitamin C, the B vitamins thiamin, folate and B6, fibre, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and a host of other micronutrients. On top of that, potatoes provide tons of slow-burning energy to keep your mind and muscles sharp throughout the day, as well as some protein and no fat. In fact, one large potato provides 7g of protein - roughly the same amount of protein as one egg or 1/2 a cup of chickpeas. All that heart-healthy potassium and fibre might actually lower this guy's cholesterol and those B vitamins should keep his metabolism humming so smoothly that he Might even lose weight over the course of this process.

While we don't advocate eating just one food item for this long (variety is the key to getting all the nutrients you need and covering all your bases), this is the soundest 'crazy' diet we've heard of in a while. Good luck Mr. Voigt!