How Improper Storage of Potatoes Can Make Them Toxic

Put Your Potatoes in the Refrigerator: New Study Shows No Danger from Toxic Chemicals

Storing potatoes is no longer a concern when it comes to keeping them in the refrigerator. In the past, it was thought that refrigeration could lead to the formation of toxic acrylamides, but research has shown that the difference in the amount of these substances is negligible. Therefore, it is perfectly safe to store potatoes in the refrigerator.

It’s important to store potatoes in a dark environment, as exposure to light can cause toxic substances called “phytoalexins” on their skin. These substances, which appear green on the skin, are harmful to human health. It’s recommended to peel off a centimeter of any green skin on larger potatoes and discard smaller ones with green skin entirely.

In addition to storing potatoes in a dark environment, they should also be kept cool and dry. Using a perforated plastic bag for storage isn’t ideal as it doesn’t provide sufficient ventilation and can cause potatoes to rot quickly.

Potatoes are rich in potassium and are recommended for consumption after vomiting or diarrhea because the body loses this mineral during these episodes. Furthermore, some minerals from potatoes pass into cooking water, so drinking water where potatoes were cooked can be beneficial for those who cannot eat due to vomiting or diarrhea.

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