Government Sets Sights on School Potato Consumption

Officials say many students in U.S. schools are eating too many french fries.
1:51 | 10/18/11

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He's humble potato at the center of controversy the government has a new plan to limit the amount -- -- in school lunches. And it's become something of a political hot. I'm going to go ahead to say it just not gonna do polls John Berman was. Why is this man -- These are tough times for the tuber you can almost hear the ominous started for this -- -- consumption in the US is at its lowest level. -- new three year. 020%. Since 1996. But now the little guy like these he's biggest challenge yet. The government is seeking to limit the amount to potatoes in school lunch -- is to two servings per week. Hopes -- over consuming volcanoes. Asset compared to other vegetables but mr. potato head has some powerful allies in the senate from big potato growing states. You might say defending the potato against incursions from -- lettuce head. One medium white potato. Has nearly twice as much vitamins C as this and -- head. By expert to lead us. But nutritionists say kids are not necessarily eating this simple white potato. About 275. Calories in no fat no the problem is not with mr. potato head exactly. But with doctor -- 380 calories and nineteen grams of -- Bets about the -- senators are working with the USDA to come up with a solution finding -- potato Washington school. So maybe just maybe mr. potato head and -- -- -- -- head in live happily ever after in turn that frown. Outside down for Good Morning America John Berman ABC news New York.

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