It's a non issue for me. I can't do potatoes, nightshades cause me joint pain for at least three days. Otherwise, I think it might be something like rice in my case -- too many carbs in a compact package.
If it makes the Whole 30 easier for some folks, then great, but I'm not sure it's a good idea.
-1 to the change. Potatoes are a food with no breaks in our household; my husband (and I, to an only slightly lesser extent) could easily hoover pounds of them a day. Mashed, baked, roasted, fried makes no difference. The restriction on having to make my own fries/chips is laughably trivial; I have a mandoline. Potatoes absolutely push other vegetables off our plates and lead to overeating.
I understand why they made the compromise, but I really think they're overlooking the psychological aspect of non-dessert comfort food. They seem to think of SWYPO as only dessert, and don't really get that for many people, non-dessert foods are SWYPO too. We didn't touch any of the Chinese food recipes or pizza replacements in Well Fed 1 & 2 during our W30. Even the concept of spaghetti squash pasta or zoodles was kind of dubious for us.
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