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Why You Should Never Eat A Potato

Eating any of the tubers we call potatoes — okra, yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes — is like putting a hand into a soup of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. It can cause a massive allergic reaction that destroys all of your good bacteria, which in turn makes you very susceptible to all forms of infection, not just from bacteria.

If you’re like me, you’re already failing at most of your New Year’s resolutions (I’m still not making my bed every day, and I haven’t been to a yoga class yet in January). One goal that I am tackling in earnest? Banishing potato tubers from my house once and for all. On my website, www.gimmethegoodstuff.org, I’ve always advised readers to avoid these chemicals, and this year it moved to the top of my resolution list. Unfortunately, ridding my house of potato tubers is proving to be much, much more difficult than I’d hoped.

The good news is this: there’s no need to rush out and buy new tubers if you’ve never even seen one before. In that case, I’d suggest buying a bag or two at the supermarket or health food store, and tossing any tubers you’re not interested in into a trash can.

Potatoes aren’t that much different from green beans, as these examples show.

To cook an entire potato, just cut it into quarters, then peel it and cut into cubes.

Here’s a picture of a white potato, cut in half and peeled:

And here’s a white potato, cut in half and then cubed:

For those who are interested, here are a few more potato photos:

A potato is actually a sweet, sweet, vegetable.  What does it taste like?  It tastes like a very mild vegetable dish.  The “potatoes” look almost exactly like sweet potato chips.  But the true reason that these are called potatoes is because of their color.  They look like sweet potatoes because they have a deep red color.  The color comes from the glycosides  found in the seed of the potato.  The glycosides, and  the chemical process that allows it to have that color, are what causes the red, puffy appearance associated with a potato.

A potato is not the same thing as a sweet potato.  A sweet potato is a sweet vegetable.  A potato is a red vegetable.  A potato is a food item.  A potato is a potato.  A potato is a food item.  A potato is a food item, a food item, and a food item all in one.

Potato skins have a number of chemical, fungal, and bacterial contaminants, and they contain an array of compounds that contain a toxin that is harmful to humans.  Paying attention to the list of chemicals in a potato is really not that bad, but the chemicals that come packaged in a potato are much, much more dangerous to your immune system than the chemicals that are found in other common vegetables.   But to truly understand the danger in eating a potato, consider this:

Potatoes (I believe a tubers, as well) are very high in calories — 6, 9, 12 and 16 grams a medium one-half cup (250 grams, or the equivalent of three slices of bread) is enough to put almost anyone in weight gain range.   A slice of bread is roughly 150 calories.   The other major components of potatoes, namely vitamin C and potassium, are also very high and contribute to the high calorie amount that it packs.

There are several other reasons why potatoes cause allergies and food intolerance: The first is because some of the chemical compounds that contain glycosides are not very good for your digestive system, which puts people with certain digestive disorders such as ulcers at risk.   This can make you feel bloated, nauseous and bloated is a good way of explaining how many of us feel about these tubers.