PRESQUE ISLE — The head of the Maine Potato Board is decrying what he sees as a slight against his product by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program doesn’t include potatoes among healthy foods made available to program participants because officials feel people already eat enough potatoes.

Potato Board Executive Director Don Flannery says potatoes are a valid part of a healthy diet.

Flannery tells the Bangor Daily News people often think of items such as french fries and potato chips when they think of potatoes instead of focusing on the potato itself.

A medium-size baked potato has just 110 calories and contains more Vitamin C than one medium tomato.