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How Improper Storage of Potatoes Can Make Them Toxic


Feb 11, 2024

When it comes to storing potatoes, it is no longer a concern to keep them in the refrigerator. In the past, it was thought that refrigeration could lead to the formation of toxic acrylamides, but it has since been determined that the difference in the amount of these substances is negligible. Therefore, it is perfectly safe to store potatoes in the refrigerator.

It is important to store potatoes in a dark environment, as exposure to light can cause the formation of toxic substances called “phytoalexins” on the skin of the potato. These substances, indicated by a green color in the skin, are harmful to human health. It is recommended to peel off a whole centimeter of any green skin on larger potatoes, while smaller potatoes with a green skin should be discarded.

In addition to storing potatoes in a dark environment, it is also advisable to keep them in a cool and dry place. Using a perforated plastic bag for storage is not ideal, as it does not provide sufficient ventilation and can lead to the potatoes rotting relatively quickly.

Potatoes are a good source of potassium, so they are recommended for consumption after vomiting or diarrhea, as the body loses this mineral during these episodes. It is also noted that some of the minerals in potatoes pass into the cooking water, so drinking the water in which potatoes were cooked can be beneficial for those who are unable to eat due to vomiting or diarrhea.

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