How improper storage can make potatoes toxic

Shedding Light on Potato Storage: Separating Fact from Fiction

It was once believed that storing potatoes in the refrigerator was not advisable due to the formation of toxic substances. However, research has shown that there is little difference in the amount of harmful acrylamides when potatoes are stored in the fridge or at room temperature.

Potatoes should be kept in a cool, dry place to prevent the formation of toxic substances that can harm human health. Light causes these substances, called phytoalexins, to form on the surface of the potato. These protective substances are usually not present on the earth’s surface and can be identified by their green color on the skin. To remove a green skin from a large potato, peel off about 1 cm of it completely. Smaller potatoes with a green skin should be thrown away entirely.

It is also important to keep potatoes in a perforated plastic bag to allow for proper ventilation, as this can prevent them from rotting quickly. Additionally, it is recommended to consume potatoes after vomiting or diarrhea to replenish lost potassium from the body. Some minerals from potatoes may pass into cooking water, so those who cannot eat due to illness may try drinking this water instead.

In conclusion, while storing potatoes in the refrigerator may have been previously discouraged due to concerns about toxicity, research has shown that there is little difference between storing them at room temperature or in the fridge. Proper storage and preparation techniques can help ensure that potatoes remain safe and healthy for consumption.

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