In the past, it was believed that storing potatoes in the refrigerator was not advisable due to the potential formation of toxic substances. However, recent research has shown that there is little to no difference in the amount of toxic acrylamides when potatoes are stored in the refrigerator compared to other storage methods. Therefore, keeping potatoes in the refrigerator is now considered safe.
When it comes to storing potatoes, it’s important to keep them in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. This is because light can cause the formation of harmful substances called “protective” compounds known as “phytoalexins” on the potato skin. These phytoalexins can be identified by their green color on the skin of the potato. Larger potatoes with a green skin can have this color removed by peeling off a whole centimeter of their skin. Smaller potatoes with a green skin should be discarded entirely.
In addition to proper storage, it’s also important to consume potatoes after vomiting or diarrhea as they are high in potassium and can help replenish lost minerals from the body. Some of these minerals may pass into cooking water, so those who cannot eat due to illness can try drinking the water used to cook the potatoes instead.
Overall, while there were previously concerns about storing potatoes in the refrigerator, current research suggests that this is now safe. It’s important to store them properly and consume them wisely for optimal health benefits.