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Published February 17, 2009, 08:12 AM

National survey reveals America's favorite vegetable

EAGLE, Idaho – Any way you slice it, dice it, mash it or fry it, a new survey by the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) reveals that Americans love their spuds.

EAGLE, Idaho – Any way you slice it, dice it, mash it or fry it, a new survey by the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) reveals that Americans love their spuds. There’s no doubt, potatoes remain a relished dish on the national table – survey results confirm that potatoes are “America’s favorite vegetable.” When asked to select their favorite vegetable, consumers picked potatoes (26%), corn (19%) and broccoli (17%).

So, how do we savor our spuds? When it comes to cooking up the tuber, Americans keep it simple. Mashed potatoes (28%) and baked potatoes (25%) top the list of preferred prepara-tions, with French fries (20%), home fries/hash browns (10%) and potato chips (5%) following.

At approximately 25 cents per Idaho® potato, each 5.3 oz spud has only 110 calories, con-tains zero fat and zero cholesterol, 45% daily value of vitamin C, nearly two times as much potassium as a banana, fiber and vitamin B6 – a win for your wallet and your waistline.

The USDA recommends the average adult eat approximately 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day. A recent survey by the Idaho Potato Commission found that 98% of American adults DO eat their veggies, and potatoes top the list as “America’s favorite vegetable.”

February is Potato Lover’s Month, and a recent survey by the Idaho Potato Commission confirms that Americans love their spuds. The survey of adults 18+ found that 95% of Ameri-cans who eat potatoes savor the spud at least two days per week.