Monday, January 17, 2011

Green potatoes can make you sick

Have you ever bought a green potato?  Unfortunately, I have been seeing more green potatoes for sale at local supermarkets.  Many people have no idea that eating them could make you ill.  Potato poisoning happens when someone eats these green spuds or new sprouts that may be present. 
When green potatoes are this color it's due to high levels of chlorophyll, which is harmless but contribute to the high levels of a solanine.  This can cause nausea, headaches and other issues.  
What to do?
I usually buy sweet potatoes, but once in a while when I do buy white potatoes, I stay away from buying them in bulk and check them thoroughly.  Oh, and just because they are organic they can still be green.  Also, keep them away from light since this activates the solanine.


  1. I did not know this. Thank you for sharing!!! I really appreciate it. And now I've learned something new for the day so it's all good!

  2. Interesting. Had no idea, thanks for the info!

  3. new follower from Social moms, love your blog

  4. I'm so glad I came across this. I've been wondering why some potatoes have a hint of green to it. Thank you!

  5. i only have that knowledge when i studied horticulture here in Australia last year. thanks for sharing too.

  6. This is news to me. Thanks so much for filling us in on this! Pretty sure I ate a green potato this week...that will be my last!


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