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788914.  Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:36 pm Reply with quote

andyward70 wrote:
Hi everyone
I am reading the "noticeably stouter book of general ignorance" and it is of course fascinating. However I found one statement very difficult to beleive - that "eating more than a kilogram (2.2lbs) of potatoes in a single sitting would be certain death" WOW!! (Potatoes belong to the Solanaceae (deadly nightshade) and therefore contain nicotine which is poisonous)

I assume that this must be raw potatoes? Surely cooking the potatoes would denature the nicotine molecule?

Any comments?



Wikipedia has a slightly different view.

Seems that spuds dont have much nicotine in them (but other Solanaceae do, tobaco being one), the toxins are glycoalkaloids. And that to denature the toxin temperatures of over 170 centigrade are required (thats a wee bit more than boiled or mash)

Sadurian Mike
788961.  Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:50 pm Reply with quote

A single potato can kill you.

You'd need to have it thrown at you pretty hard, though.

Spud McLaren
788969.  Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:27 pm Reply with quote

It's my martial arts training, y'see.

Well, you didn't expect me to stay out of this thread, surely?

788970.  Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:39 pm Reply with quote

A rather intriguing way of looking at the provision of healthy food...

788972.  Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:41 pm Reply with quote

NYTimes Health Guide wrote:
The poison is found throughout the plant, but especially in green potatoes and new sprouts. Never eat potatoes that are spoiled or green below the skin. Always throw away the sprouts.

Potatoes that are not green and have had any sprouts removed are safe to eat.

788985.  Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:22 pm Reply with quote

I heartily endorse the advice to throw away the sprouts...........and the broccoli as well.

789131.  Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:37 am Reply with quote

Throw them to me - I love them!

hassan el kebir
789182.  Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:46 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Throw them to me - I love them!

Ditto, likewise and similar.

789193.  Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:09 am Reply with quote

Me, three.

789208.  Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:40 am Reply with quote

Q. What's green, looks like a potato and is highly dangerous?

A. Wayne Rooney in a sports car.

789214.  Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:47 am Reply with quote


My husband will lol, too. :)

789774.  Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:29 pm Reply with quote

thanks to all for the replies - especially djgordy for the Rooney joke :-)
I will continue to eat spuds also

789842.  Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:27 pm Reply with quote

most things can kill you from overconsumption, toxic or not... even milk contains things that will kill you in large doses, for most of them including milk you do however have to consume such and humongous amount that it's more or less impossible. especially since you have to do it faster than your body can get rid of it.

789873.  Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:54 am Reply with quote

You can die of excessive water consumption as well. And I don't mean drowning.

790000.  Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:05 pm Reply with quote

Golly, I remember the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest that's listed on that wiki page. Ridiculous.


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