I want to comment on two points, here.
Originally Posted by dkJames
Potato skins technically contain mild toxins. You're 100% correct that removing the skins lowers the toxin load of potatoes. I do not remove the potato skins on young, unblemished white potatoes with no eyes growing out of them. If the potatoes are sprouting, I remove them to the point where there are no bumps or eyes remaining. There are toxins in every plant food. Greens have some of the highest toxins in vegetables, but in their case, the benefits far outweigh the toxins (unlike, say, wheat and soy!). That being said, I believe the toxin load of potatoes to be even lower versus greens. There are downsides to every food on Earth, and IMO, the downside of small amounts of toxins inpotato skins on fresh, unblemished potatoes aren't worth the pleasure of the taste.
That being said, no one should eat raw potatoes. They are actually toxic. You should not eat uncooked starch as that could truly make you sick, similar to eating raw beans (ex: raw kidney beans could kill you). You need to fully cook starch to make it edible. If you want to eat potatoes for resistant starch, cook them fully, then chill them in the fridge overnight and eat them cold. Never, ever eat raw white potatoes. Plus, they're disgusting raw so no harm there!
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 06-14-2013 at 08:18 AM.
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