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Michelle Obama: Potatoes for me but not for thee!

Posted by danishova on October 22, 2010


Yesterday we learned that potatoes are soon to be verboten for some, according to this story from the Associated Press

Potato growers are fighting back against efforts to ban or limit potatoes in federal child nutrition programs, arguing the tuber is loaded with potassium and vitamin C and shouldn’t be considered junk food.

And –

..the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, recommended that the U.S. Department of Agriculture stop participants of the federal Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, from buying potatoes with federal dollars. The institute also called for the USDA-backed school lunch program to limit use of potatoes.

Under an interim rule, the USDA agreed to bar WIC participants from buying potatoes with their federal dollars. Potatoes are the only vegetable not allowed. Next year, the agency will roll out a final rule on the WIC program, which last year served 9.3 million children and pregnant and breast-feeding women considered at risk for malnutrition.

This is a singularly stupid decision. But imagine my surprise to see these photos of America’s Food Nanny, er, First Lady, showing off prized sweet potatoes grown in the fabled White House Garden!

At one point, she held up one of the larger orange-colored spuds and said: "This can feed an army." Before the harvesting began, she said she and daughters, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, already had helped themselves to some sweet potatoes.

This can feed the Obama family, and an army, but poor mothers on the WIC program and those peons who attend public schools will not be permitted to enjoy these nutritious vegetables. 

The government relied on the advice of the National Academy of Sciences to demonize a perfectly healthy food, but ironically this evil vegetable was touted in 2004 as the best way for Americans to increase their potassium intakesomething which the National Academy of Sciences recommended that all Americans do to improve their health:

The National Academy of Sciences recently increased the recommended intake for potassium from 3,500 mg to 4,700 mg per day. This increase is largely based on evidence of potassium’s role in controlling hypertension and preventing stroke – conditions that, according to the American Heart Association, affect more than 50 million or one in four Americans.

The challenge now lies in educating Americans about what foods are good sources of this vital mineral. It might surprise some to learn that there’s a delicious way to boost potassium intake: Eat more potatoes! The potato actually ranks highest in potassium per serving among the 20 best-selling fruits and vegetables in the United States (ACNielsen).

And yes, I realize that sweet potatoes aren’t exactly the same thing as the common spud, but they are close enough to illustrate the stupidity and hypocrisy of the Food Police. And begs the question (in my best Lefty voice): Why does the Obama Administration hate poor women and their children?

Ed Morrissey writes about the War on Potatoes here.


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