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Wash. man's potato diet: 20 a day for 60 days

Ever hear of the spuds diet? To prove potatoes are nutritious, a man in Washington is eating 20 a day for 60 days.

October 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
You've probably heard of the Scarsdale Diet and the Atkins Diet. But how about the spuds diet?A man in Washington is eating only potatoes, 20 a day, for 60 days.

But not just any man.

Chris Voigt is the head of a potato commission, and he wants to prove that the potato is nutritious enough to live off for an extended period of time.

He's eating them smashed, baked and pickled. He's even made potato lasagna.

His family does not exactly share his enthusiasm.

"I tasted it and said it's the worst thing I've tasted in my life," said Voigt's wife, Stephanie. "Chris tasted it and said this is heaven. Pretty much all I hear is he's crazy."

Voigt is also trying to convince the United Stated Department of Agriculture not to drop potatoes from the federal school lunch program, which it has been considering.