DUDE, WHERE'S MY CARB?

DENVER -- Potatoes have emerged as one of the harder-hit produce items in the low-carb craze. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, per capita fresh sales are expected to remain flat in 2004, at 45.4 pounds.But spud marketers say the diet craze is just one aspect of a larger, overall consumption trend that stresses convenience and ease-of-preparation: In 1993, when people had more time

DENVER -- Potatoes have emerged as one of the harder-hit produce items in the low-carb craze. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, per capita fresh sales are expected to remain flat in 2004, at 45.4 pounds.

But spud marketers say the diet craze is just one aspect of a larger, overall consumption trend that stresses convenience and ease-of-preparation: In 1993, when people had more time to cook, fresh potato consumption topped 50.1 pounds.

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