Who doesn’t love potatoes? Potatoes are an incredibly versatile vegetable. You can prepare so many delicious dishes with potatoes. Potatoes are not as bad for you as many people think. Potatoes have all 22 amino acids that form complete proteins after being easily digested. Potatoes contain minerals and vitamin C and B6. Also, potatoes contain more potassium than bananas. The problem with potatoes is the way we grow them and not the vegetable itself!
Avoid Conventional Potatoes
Potato is a root vegetable, and root vegetables readily absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that sit in the soil. Pesticides are applied to conventionally grown potatoes, which are known to be dangerous to our health. Some of the toxins you can find in pesticides include Methamidophos, Aldicarb, Clothianidin, Propargite and Methyl parathion.
Based on the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, 37 different pesticides were observed on regular potatoes. And seven are carcinogens, twelve are hormone disruptors, nine cause neurotoxins, and six of them cause reproductive problems.
An interesting fact is that potatoes farmers eat only potatoes they grow in a different area. They do not eat the potatoes they grow for profits.
Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board, said:
“I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”
Conventional modern potatoes do not sprout. This is due to a chemical spread on them called Chlorpropham that prevent them from sprouting. This sprout suppressor possesses mutagenic properties that change the genetic material of an organism. A 1993 Cornell University study says this that Chlorpropham is moderately toxic by ingestion. It can irritate the eyes or the skin.
Symptoms of poisoning in laboratory tests on animals include nosebleed, listlessness, incoordination, difficulty in breathing, protruding eyes, bloody tears, inability to urinate, prostration, high fevers, and death. Autopsies of these animals show congestion of the brain, inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining, also degenerative variations in the kidneys and liver.
Chronic exposure of the chemical in laboratory animals caused increased liver, retarded growth, congestion of the spleen, kidney and spleen weights, and death. Long-term exposure to chlorpropham could cause adverse reproductive effects. Chlorpropham could also cross the placenta.
Always opt to buy organic potatoes. It is hard to get rid of the pesticides as the potatoes can absorb into the flesh. Also, organic potatoes contain way more nutrients than conventionally grown potatoes.