Potatoes are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals that are good for our bodies. Here is a little fun fact, they have more potassium than a banana. Potassium is a mineral that is part of every body cell. Potatoes have many vitamins that are valuable to the body such as vitamin C, B6, Iron, Magnesium just to name a few. One of the biggest problems with the traditional American diet? Too much sodium, too little potassium. Studies suggest boosting your potassium intake and curbing salt and sodium can reduce your stroke risk and may also lower your odds of developing heart disease.
Potatoes are rich in minerals and loaded with Vitamin C and B6. As a fact, potatoes have more potassium than bananas. You might ask why would we want to avoid potatoes if they are so good for you? There is a huge difference between conventional and organically grown potatoes.
Why should you avoid conventional potatoes, and buy organic ones instead you ask? Root vegetables easily absorb pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. Pesticides that may be applied to conventionally grown potatoes, which have been identified as acutely toxic absorb into the flesh of the plant that has been treated or sprayed. Organic potatoes do not receive any chemical baths during their growth cycle and are maintained by sustainable guidelines. In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.
According to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, 37 different pesticides have been found on conventional potatoes: 7 carcinogens, 12 hormone disruptors, 9 neurotoxins, 6 reproductive toxins. Find out what pesticides are on your foods
Ironically, many potato growers only eat potatoes grown on plots separate from the potatoes they grow for profit. 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.”
Modern Conventional potatoes do not sprout. This is due to the fact that potatoes are being spread with a chemical called Clorpropham that prevent them from sprouting. These sprout inhibitors possess mutagenic properties that change the genetic material of an organism. A 1993 Cornell University study says this;
Chlorpropham is moderately toxic by ingestion. It may cause irritation of the eyes or skin. Symptoms of poisoning in laboratory animals have included listlessness, nose bleeds, protruding eyes, bloody tears, difficulty in breathing, prostration, inability to urinate, high fevers, and death. Autopsies of animals have shown inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining, congestion of the brain, lungs and other organs, and degenerative changes in the kidneys and liver. Chronic exposure of laboratory animals has caused retarded growth, increased liver, kidney and spleen weights, congestion of the spleen and death. Long-term exposure to chlorpropham may cause adverse reproductive effects.
Buy organic when possible the conventional potatoes have absorbed pesticides and chemicals into the flesh and can't be eliminated once absorbed into the potato. Also we need to use sustainable food from local growers if and when possible it will help your local community and support your local farmer.