Can Potatoes Be Poisonous?
they can! And many of us have put ourselves at risk
without realising it. Also known as solanum
tuberosum poisoning, potato poisoning can
happen when you consume new sprouts of the potato
plant or the green portion that is slightly below
poison is distributed throughout the plant, but
seems to be concentrated in these areas.
Potato alkaloids exert their toxic effects on the
nervous system by interfering with the body’s
ability to regulate acetylcholine, a chemical
responsible for conducting nerve impulses.
The main types of glycoalkaloids found in potato
sprouts are a-solanine and a-chaconine. A-chaconine
is considered more toxic than a-solanine.
If you experience symptoms like diarrhoea ,
hallucinat ions, nausea, vomiting and urinary
retention fol lowing a meal that included potatoes,
consult a doctor at once.
To avoid the "greening"
process that can lead to solanine formation, don't
buy green potatoes and call any potatoes with green
coloration to the attention of the produce manager
at your market. At home, follow these guidelines:
•Store potatoes in a dark, cool place, such as in a
•Wash potatoes before cooking and check carefully
for green areas.
•Peel potatoes deeply enough to remove any green