News Summary: Congress mulls OKing potato vouchers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014

THIS SPUD'S FOR YOU: Nutritionists say Americans don't need more white potatoes, but lawmakers are encouraging the agriculture secretary to allow low-income pregnant and nursing mothers to buy them with the vouchers they get as part of a government program.

FRIES WITH THAT?: White potatoes, nutritious on their own, are often used to make french fries, which are usually fried or baked in unhealthy fats and oils. Since 2009, participants in the federal Women, Infants and Children program haven't been able to buy the tubers with their vouchers on recommendation of the Institute of Medicine.

YOU SAY POTATO: Lawmakers from the roughly 40 potato-growing states, backed by the potato lobby, have worked to ease restrictions.