Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eating Potatoes Lowers Weight, Cholesterol, Blood Glucose

Chris Voigt ended his 20-potatoes-a-day, 60-day experiment last night at midnight:
"I'm the Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission. 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 chili, no sour cream, no cheese, no gravy, just potatoes and maybe some seasonings or herbs and a little oil for some of the cooking. I will be on this "potato only" diet for 60 days straight, starting October 1st and ending November 29th. I want to show the world that the potato is so healthy, that you could live off them alone for an extended period of time, without any negative impact to your health. And who knows, maybe it will make me healthier by lowering my blood pressure and cholesterol?"
Lower his cholesterol it did:

Pre: 197 lbs
Post: 176 lbs

Pre:214 mg/dl
Mid: 162 mg/dl
Post: 147 mg/dl

Fasting Glucose:
Pre: 104 mg/dl
Post: 94 mg/dl

Here's Chris last week celebrating Thanksgiving:



Claudia said...

Haha. He carved his turkey, no wait, his tukato.

Is there already a potato diet? There's going to be after this.

Bix said...

He's a funny guy. The steam rising from the drumstick ... precious.

caulfieldkid said...

I just remembered this: The WIC vouchers towards fresh fruit and vegetables do not apply to potatoes.

Makes you wonder. . .


Bix said...

I want to believe that decision was based on keeping WIC recipients healthy - or something. But the cynic in me thinks some lobby, maybe the National Corn Growers Association, had influence. I mean, why nix potatoes but cover such an array of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals? Frosted Mini-Wheats? Cinnamon Corn Flakes?

caulfieldkid said...


I usually acknowledge my cynicism as a factor in my opinions. When it comes to WIC, however, I don't think it's cynical to think it was essentially put together by special interest groups through lobby.

I will say they made some nice additions (dried beans!), but overall the program is still pretty awful (nutritionally speaking...in my opinion).


caulfieldkid said...

Voigt is still making the news rounds:


Bix said...

I saw that! Will you look at that photo ... it's what's for dinner :)