Can I store potatoes in the fridge?

Can I store potatoes in the fridge?

No, do not store potatoes in the fridge. Why? Because, when you store potatoes in the fridge it will increase the amount of sugar it contains. Therefore, when you bake, fry or roast these potatoes at high temperatures, it will increase the levels of chemical called acrylamide. A group of scientists in Sweden discovered that acrylamide causes cancer in animals. So, this might be harmful for your health.

The best place to store uncooked potatoes is somewhere cool and dry.  Potatoes are easy to store and they stay fresh for quite a long time. So, there is no need to store them in a fridge. You can find more information about acrylamide in National Cancer Institute website.

This is another great article, which talks about storing potatoes safely (UK government website) and what I just mentioned above.

Which foods contain acrylamide?

Starchy foods that have been cooked at high temperatures contain acrylamide. So for example: chips, bread, crisps, french fries and crispbreads have high levels of acrylamide. Also, food made from different grains such as toast, breakfast cereals, cookies, and even coffee contains acrylamide.

Are potatoes high in carbohydrates?

Potatoes are high in good carbohydrates. 100 grams of potato contains roughly about 17 grams of carbohydrate. So, if you eat a medium sized potato that will be about 37 grams of carbohydrate.

Potatoes are starchy vegetables and they do contain healthy carbohydrate. They are high in fiber and low in calories. They also contain vitamins and minerals.

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