Can a human live on just one type of food alone? While the lack of variety may bore you quickly, in times of need, a person can live off one type of food for several weeks. In the case of some Inuits, they’ve survived long periods entirely on meat. Makes you rethink that Paleo diet, doesn’t it?
But what about the simple, but amazing potato? They are dirt cheap (no pun intended), readily available and easy to grow. Plus there’s so much you can with them: Mash ’em, boil ’em, stick ’em in a stew.
If you’ve seen Matt Damon in The Martian, you got to see him grow and live off his potatoes which he just microwaved. But this made many people wonder: Is this really possible? One man set out to see.
Think you’re crazy for potatoes? Check this guy out.
Who is this man?
Chris Voigt is an executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission. Unlike a lot people, he really, really, REALLY loves his job. He stands behind is product so much so that he vowed to eat nothing but potatoes for two entire months straight. And that’s JUST the taters: “No toppings, no chili, no sour cream, no cheese, no gravy, just potatoes and maybe some seasonings or herbs and a little oil for some of the cooking,” he wrote on his website. “I want to show the world that the potato is so healthy that you could live off them alone for an extended period of time without any negative impact to your health,” Voigt explained.
Not for everyone
While it sounds like a good way to save money, be warned not everyone can pull off a diet of just potatoes. Voigt consulted with a doctor first to make sure he was good to go. The humble vegetable does offers a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber (if you leave the skins on). Even The United Nations has recognized the potential in the potato: They have promoted the hearty potato as a means to eliminate world hunger. But what are the issues with just consuming potatoes? First they lack the necessary vitamin A. Also, they have a high glycemic index (a measure of how quickly carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream), which are associated with weight gain, insulin resistance and diabetes. Because of the this, the spuds initially satisfies energy. But if it’s mostly what you eat, it leaves you hungry and tired a few hours later.