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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Benefits & Side Effects of Eating Raw Potatoes

Fried, boiled, mashed, and baked — these are just a few ways to enjoy potatoes. It isn't inherently dangerous to eat raw potatoes, but it is relatively uncommon and could present potential health risks while offering few benefits. In foods, potato is eaten, used as a starch source, and fermented into alcohol. 



Potatoes may help people lose weight by curbing their appetite. Bacteria may be prevented from adhering to cells by a substance found in potato peels. Undercooked potatoes can disturb the digestive system, because significant health concerns. It also has a starchy texture and harsh flavor. Potatoes that are raw or undercooked always taste awful, or at least off, and contain a toxic compound called solanine, which can be very harmful to the body. The texture is crunchy in the wrong way, and the taste is bitter. Cooking minimizes the starches in potatoes, making them so much more tender to eat. When eaten raw, potatoes come with a somewhat chalky consistency and a bitter flavor. The bitter taste mellows when you cook them, making them much tastier.


Potatoes contain glycoalkaloids, which can be harmful in high concentrations if taken raw or undercooked. The possible side effects are itchy skin, sleepiness, heightened sensitivity, digestive problems, cell disruption, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. It can cause flushes, headaches, confusion, and fever in some people, and in the worst circumstances, it can even cause death. The glycoalkaloids in potatoes can be considerably reduced by boiling, heating, microwaving, or baking them, making them safe to eat.


Vitamin C, iron, riboflavin, potassium, and carbs are all found in potatoes. A 100-gram portion of raw potato contains around 2.5 grams of fiber if you consume both the skin and the flesh. While fiber may seem unappealing at times, it is essential for keeping you regular and minimizing the risk of constipation. It's also necessary for a variety of different ways. Did you know that fiber can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar and cholesterol level? Fiber can potentially reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 


According to Dr. Mindy Patterson-Maziarz, a Dietitian Nutritionist from Texas Woman's University, raw potatoes help improve insulin sensitivity by lowering blood sugar levels, leading to significant weight loss, particularly in obese persons. According to the study, this resistant starch is converted into butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that can improve gut and intestinal health. According to the research, this short-chain fatty acid can also minimize and manage inflammation in the colon, lowering your risk for colon cancer.

By Joshua Marasigan

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