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An order of spuds: Congress pushes again for white potatoes for low-income mothers and kids
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:10 AM EST
Nutritionists say Americans don't need more white potatoes. Congress disagrees — again.
That goes against the advice of the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health issues. The institute has said that recipients of such aid already eat enough white potatoes.
White potatoes are often used to make french fries, which are usually fried or baked in unhealthy fats and oils. Since 2009, the Agriculture Department has allowed participants in the federal Women, Infants and Children program to buy fruits and vegetables with their vouchers, just not white potatoes on recommendation of the institute.