Potatoes are a staple food item around the world, but their storage has been a subject of debate in the past. According to the global website for food quality, it was previously advised not to store potatoes in the refrigerator. However, recent research has shown that there is no significant difference in the amount of toxic acrylamides when potatoes are stored in either the fridge or at room temperature.
Despite this new information, it is still important to store potatoes properly to prevent the formation of harmful substances. Potatoes should be kept in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. The light causes the formation of “protective” substances in the potato, known as phytoalexins, which can be identified by their green color on the skin. Larger potatoes with a green skin can have these protective substances removed by peeling off about 1 cm of skin. Smaller potatoes with a green skin should be discarded.
It is also important to note that potatoes contain a high amount of potassium, making them an excellent option for replenishing lost minerals after vomiting or diarrhea. Some of the minerals in potatoes pass into cooking water, so those who cannot eat due to illness can try drinking the water used to cook them as well.
In conclusion, while there may be some misconceptions about storing potatoes properly, it is important to follow best practices to ensure that these nutritious vegetables are safe and healthy for consumption.