UPDATE [10/29/10]: For health reasons, Voigt has added more fried potato dishes to his diet and expanding his toppings, including potato chips. “You have to remember that there is absolutely no fat in a potato, no fat in any of the seasonings or herbs I’m eating,” he wrote in his blog. “But there are 2 fatty acids that are essential to bodily functions and are needed by your body. The healthy oils from the fries and chips are supplying me those fatty acids.” It seems that now half way through his 20-potatoes-a-day diet, Voigt is loosing some of this enthusiasm.
The executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, Chris Voigt, is taking an unusual approach to promoting his product. He’s eating an all-potato diet of about 20 spuds per day. Voigt has followed the diet for three weeks, and plans to continue for a total of 60 days.
“I feel fine. I really don’t notice any difference,” said Voigt, “My blood sugar is hanging right in there, and my blood pressure is stable.” He’s also lost about 12 pounds. “I really wasn’t planning on that,” he said.
Voigt is eating about 2,200 calories per day. With the skins, potatoes provide the daily recommended quantity of many key nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, iron and niacin. They also contain protein. He has allowed himself a little oil, herbs and other spices to cook and flavor his potatoes.
Voigt’s co-workers are watching him closely to make sure he doesn’t stray from his regime. “We’re watching him very closely,” said Karen Bonaudi, assistant executive director. “He was so enthusiastic at first that he seemed to be on stimulants, but he has settled down.”
Via The Packer.