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A potato is the root of a plant organism. Bacteria usually do not occupy an organism otherwise that organism will become sick and die, such as in the Potato blight that killed off Ireland's potato crop in 1830. The resulting famine drove many Iris...


While eating raw potatoes may be linked to several benefits, there are also some safety and nutrition concerns to consider. This article determines whether eating raw potatoes is healthy or harmful.


Raw vegetables are usually considered a paradigm of healthy eating. So why is it that raw potatoes have always been shunned from clean eating regimens? While many have heard of the dangers of uncooked tuber consumption, others have been biting into raw potatoes as one would an apple for years without any serious repercussions.


Americans love potatoes, consuming 110 pounds per person per year, according to Northern Plains Potato Growers. Although a rare few may enjoy eating raw potatoes, most prefer theirs cooked. And, due to possible risks of consuming the uncooked tubers, that's likely the safest way to eat them.


Cooking the potatoes destroys the bacteria. Eating the potato raw may cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and an upset stomach. Two toxic chemicals (steroidal glycoalkaloids) solanine and chaconine are naturally present in potatoes and are important components of their resistance against pests and pathogens.


By eating raw/uncooked potatoes, green bananas or uncooked plantains, large amounts of indigestible starches pass through the small intestine almost intact. When they reach the large intestine, colon bacteria feed on it producing gas.


Raw potatoes aren't really bad for you, unless they are green or sprouted. Some of the uncooked starch is not digestible. They also contain (primarily in the skin) some protease inhibitors which could interfere with digestion, so do peel them before you eat them.


Raw potatoes also contain anti-nutrients. Though you can remove most of the anti-nutrients by peeling the potatoes, some still remain in the flesh. In addition, the uncooked starch in potatoes can result in digestive problems, gas and bloating. For the most benefit and the least risk from your potatoes, bake, steam, saute or otherwise cook them.


If they are hard in the middle they are not done. This made me remember that most of the store made potato salad and many deli 's potato salad are way undercooked. Am I the only one who feels this way? Are there people who like half cooked potatoes in their potato salad?


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. And you should — as always — use common sense when reading something on the internet, especially when it comes to health topics. Yes, it is. Potatoes may contain solanine, an alkaloid. A solanine intoxication can hav...