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Fitness Expert Denise Austin In Latest Idaho Potato Commercial

Potatoes have been in the headlines a lot lately, mostly for being unhealthy. But in the latest Idaho potato commercial they show you it is just not true.

Fitness Expert Denise Austin loves her spuds.

?I love potatoes and I grew up eating potatoes from hash browns to baked potatoes,? said Austin.

So when the Idaho Potato Commission asked her eight years ago to be the spokesperson, you can guess her response.

?I was really excited to tell people it’s a vegetable, it’s healthy for you and it’s good for you!? said Austin.

And the IPC is thrilled to have her.

?She’s believable, she’s real, it’s what it’s all about,? said Frank Muir, President and CEO of the IPC.

And a lot like the trusted potato.

?We always refer to the potato as the humble vegetable, but it’s packed with all sorts of energy, vitamins,? said Muir. ?Denise is the same way. She’s humble but she’s packed with energy talent and she’s the perfect person to represent the state of Idaho and of course Idaho’s famous potatoes.?

With all the bad potato press this year comes some good news, the American Heart Association has given the Idaho Potato the Heart Check Mark.

?This is very important, In an environment where everyone’s questioning what’s healthy and what’s not, a very credible organization is certifying that Idaho Potatoes are heart healthy,? said Muir.

Every years these commercial shoots kick off potato harvest season, but what makes this shoot even more special, it’s the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission.

?75 years of Idaho Potatoes! It’s awesome!? said Austin.

But even after 75 years, the message stays the same.

?I’m telling everybody I talk to, potatoes are good for you, they’re a vegetable!! It’s made out of the ground and I’m showing you right now the beautiful potato fields that are in Idaho. So it’s good for you!?

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