For those of you old enough to remember, the Reagan administration played hard and fast with nutrition by trying to state that ketchup and relish were both considered vegetables.
That memory came to me today as I read that the Federal government now classifies french fries as fresh veggies. And as is common with any change to the USDA (which is far more easily duped than its cousin, the FDA), it seems as if this regulation was changed last year at the behest of Frozen Potato Products Institute.
What, no onion rings? How about the frozen pierogies I buy from the supermarket? Perhaps the deep fried Zuchinni I get at the State fair?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…take anything you hear from the USDA with a grain of salt. You’ll have to. The Salt Industry has also lobbied the USDA.
(For more on how ‘questionably ethical’ the USDA is, read “Food Politics” by Marion Nestle).