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Yay! I love potatoes
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....just don't eat the skins!! They contain toxins that are well-known carcinogens.

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They say it's the number 4 food crop worldwide in that article. What are the top 3?
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I don't know, I think potatoes may be too lazy for that. When the time comes to rise to the barricades, they will probably just slack off in the underground.

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I don't know, I think potatoes may be too lazy for that. When the time comes to rise to the barricades, they will probably just slack off in the underground.



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They say it's the number 4 food crop worldwide in that article. What are the top 3?



Wheat, corn, and rice, I believe.



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....just don't eat the skins!! They contain toxins that are well-known carcinogens.



Really? I've always heard the skins were good for you... good source of protein or something like that.
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Taters are very versatile. You can make an alcoholic drink from them and use them to make chip butties but, after going spud picking on The Gower, I'd be happy if I never saw another one for the rest of my life.
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if a potato goes green, then I have heard that it is toxic, but other than that I think you can eat the whole thing.

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....just don't eat the skins!! They contain toxins that are well-known carcinogens.



Really?! I'm with Bells and though that was where all the nutrients were. I always hear people say that potato "eyes" are toxic too... is that true? I don't always peel my potatoes.
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Wikipedia say that there has been no known potato-source solanine poisonings in the USA for the last 50 years. So it looks like it's mostly not a problem, just cut off any green spots.



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Yes I think they will save the planet , after someone finds a spud that looks like Jesus .
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Yes I think they will save the planet , after someone finds a spud that looks like Jesus .



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....just don't eat the skins!! They contain toxins that are well-known carcinogens.



That is only true if the potato has been laying in the light and is turning green. That green tinge is an indication of the toxins having developed as you mentioned above. Potatoes that are stored in a dark cupboard are safe. Regarding he "eyes" they just need to be dug out with the tip of your knife.
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It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.



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I don't think solanine (the toxin in green potato skins) is carcinogenic, but it would make you feel pretty lousy if you ingested enough of it. That was the last I heard; maybe there is new evidence of its carcinogenicity now.



However, I think pesticides do tend to accumulate in the skin. I usually am more concerned with the carb content- potato starch can give your blood sugar a jolt.



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