The Root of All Evil?

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he USDA has blocked participants in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program from using WIC funding to purchase white potatoes. Photo by Christian Guthier via Flickr.com.Potatoes are a staple food for some, but federal nutrition programs are looking at changing that. The USDA has blocked participants in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, a federal nutrition initiative that provides money to families for food and also funds school lunch programs, from using WIC funding to purchase white potatoes.

The recommendation to ban or limit the use of white potatoes in WIC-funded school lunch programs and prevent individuals from purchasing potatoes with WIC funds came from a report by the Institute of Medicine, which is a branch of the National Academy of Sciences.

It's not a bad recommendation when you consider that the impetus is to try to boost the overall servings of uber healthy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. But it does have its flaws, and it gives potatoes an unnecessary bad rap.

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By none| November 13, 2010
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