Unveiling the Truth: It’s Safe to Store Potatoes in the Refrigerator

How Improper Storage of Potatoes Can Make Them Toxic

Storing potatoes is no longer a concern when it comes to keeping them in the refrigerator. In the past, there was a belief that refrigeration could lead to the formation of toxic acrylamides, but this has been proven to be negligible. Therefore, it is perfectly safe to store potatoes in the refrigerator.

When it comes to storing potatoes, it is important to keep them in a cool and dry place, away from light. Exposure to light can cause the formation of toxic substances called “phytoalexins” on the skin of the potato. These substances are harmful to human health and should be avoided at all costs. If you notice any green skin on larger potatoes, it is recommended to peel off a whole centimeter of that skin before consuming them. Smaller potatoes with a green skin should be discarded immediately.

Using a perforated plastic bag for storage is not ideal as it does not provide sufficient ventilation and can lead to potatoes rotting relatively quickly. It is advisable to use a paper or cloth bag instead.

Potatoes are also a good source of potassium, making them an excellent food choice for those who have vomited or experienced diarrhea as they help replenish lost minerals in the body. Additionally, some of the minerals in potatoes pass into the cooking water, making drinking the water used for boiling potatoes beneficial for those who are unable to eat due to vomiting or diarrhea.

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