Originally Posted by kpickell
From that article "The small black dots in the eyes of potatoes contain substances that are instantly fatal if eaten." Anyone wanna test that theory? I'll bet you a dollar he's wrong. And I guess if you die, then I owe you a dollar.
That's a crack site. I wouldn't believe much of anything on it.
Potato info I found:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002875.htm
QUESTION: Are green potatoes safe?
ANSWER: Many plants contain small amounts of naturally occurring toxic chemicals. For example, two commonly eaten foods, the potato and the tomato, come from the nightshade family. The nightshade family is known to contain toxic compounds called alkaloids.
The alkaloid in the potato is solanine. In the United States, healthy potatoes contain 1 to 5 milligrams of solanine per small potato. Under current FDA regulations, 20 milligrams of solanine per 100 grams (a small potato) can render it unfit to eat.
Solanine is produced as the potato gets old or is exposed to light. So consumers should avoid potatoes that are old, sunburned (green under the skin) or spongy. Under these conditions, the solanine levels can increase sevenfold or more. Do not eat the potato eyes because they contain a high concentration of solanine.
Toxic amounts of solanine can seriously affect the nervous system and have caused death.
Source: Angela Fraser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Food Safety Specialist, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University.