View Full Version : so, what about potatos?
04-11-2007, 04:35 PM
Okay... so i was browsing in Alissa's quick question reference section about the whole protein debate.... (i like to be prepared for my midwives;) )
And, she lists a quote,
"John Robbins, in Diet for a New America reports: Â“If we ate nothing but wheat (which is 17% protein) or oatmeal (15% protein) or pumpkin (15% protein), we would easily have more than enough protein. If we ate nothing but cabbage (22% protein) weÂ’d have over double the maximum we might needs. In fact, if we ate nothing but the lowly potato (11% protein) we would still be getting enough protein. This fact does not mean potatoes are a particularly high protein source. They are not. Almost all plant foods provide more. What it does show, however, is just how low our protein needs really are. There have been occasions in which people have been forced to satisfy their entire nutritional needs with potatoes and water alone. I wouldnÂ’t recommend the idea to anyone, but under deprived circumstances it has been done. Individuals who have lived for lengthy periods of time under those conditions showed no signs whatsoever of protein deficiency, though other vitamin and mineral deficiencies have occurred.Â”
Okay.... So the potato thing.... i thought they were comsidered toxic unless cooked....
Am i confused? who here eats potatos, and how do you do it??
04-11-2007, 04:42 PM
There may be some old posts on that. They may have been lost when the site was revised. I occasionally have very strong craving for raw potato. Always have. I hear that the eyes are poisonous since childhood. There is supposed to be good nutrition in the skin but now there is a newer idea.
Some people who have examined current potato farming techniques think that the potatoes are raised in such high levels of pesticides in soil that they should be avoided entirely. Others think that most of the pesticide is in the skin so no longer try to get the nutrition in the skin. I may be wrong but I still do occasionally eat a raw potato. . . or a few slices when cooking SAD for family.
I mostly gave them up cause I don't like them raw. I dehydrated them into potato chips once but didn't like them. Ocassionally and I mean occasionally I will steal one of my kids french fries if we are out. I actually do miss my spud friend (even though they were probably a contributor to making me fat)!
04-11-2007, 05:03 PM
The eyes, sprouts and green part are all bad for u. I know that the sprouts r poison. As far as eating them raw I have my whole life eaten them raw with no reaction to it.
Now that i have psoriasis I am suppose to stay away from them as they, tomatos, eggplant and one other veggies is in the nightshade family. Poisonous group. I dont know the whole story on it but maybe if u r like me and other people who have psoriasis u might react without knowing but even cooked they r not good to eat for me. I have to give up all nightshade but am hopeing that with time eating Raw I can once again enjoy tomatos. The rest of that group i dont miss.
I think if u did a search u could probably find out more about it.
04-11-2007, 09:18 PM
Here's a thread with a list of nightshades in it.
04-12-2007, 01:19 AM
Potatoes are not toxic unless they have green on them. The green contains solanine. Some say they are even safe to eat if you cut the green part off. And some say the amount of toxins in the green part is so slight, you don't need to worry about it.
My mom and daughter both love raw potatoes. They will peel them and eat them out of hand like an apple with some salt on them. Or they will slice them, then soak them in cold salted water and eat them like chips.
Not for me! But they like them.
04-13-2007, 03:59 PM
Thanks for all the responses...
i feel like i get it now! :)
I will have to try cutting them into slices... Maybe they'll blend in like hicama and rutabaga? hmm....
04-16-2007, 03:38 PM
This a coincidence because I was wondering about them as well.
I made baby raw's ( in Alissa's book) potato chips several months ago, and they turned out great, and I was thinking of doing something else with potatoes. I did a search here just now, and thanks for that thread link Pierre. It was helpful.
09-28-2007, 09:17 AM
I know this is an old post, but just wanted to say t hat it was very helpful for me anyways. :) I have a problem where my social support worker wants me to buy ground beef and bags of potatoes so he can cook with me and I don't know what in the world I would do with a bag of potatoes besides throwing them out, and thats a waste of money and the manlabor that went into growing that sack of potatos. But if I can eat them raw then I can invest the money into a nice kind of potato that is good for making into dehydrated chips and he won't know t he difference.
Still not sure what to do about the ground beef though. XD
09-28-2007, 04:35 PM
Hi there i have psoriosis & have suffered badly with IBS in the past with cooked nightshades so any of the nightshade family of plants raw is really bad news for my digestion & my skin. I think potato is the most toxic to my system from my recent tests.
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