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The Skinny on Taters

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Growing up, my mom never let me eat the skin on russet potatoes, and I never understood why. Fast forward to now and I notice some restaurant will mash them right in the skin, but only if they are *******. I've also observed that an exception are tiny yellow nugget potatoes. My question is that since the skin is my favorite and I've read the healthiest part, is it safe when the potatoes have yellow skin but are large?

I'm hoping someone will tell me this is ok for all potatoes so mom quits throwing them out.
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Skins are perfectly benign, but there are potatoes you should avoid.

Root vegetables soak up everything that is around them, which is why I never eat anything root unless it is organic.  Well I make an exception for parsnips, beets and swede because a don't eat them so often.  Well actually I only go organic here for potatoes and carrots.

But potatoes especially should be organic because otherwise the farmers use a hideously toxic herbicide that delays the eye growth.  I understand the farmers themselves won't eat these potatoes they grow, knowing as they do what is in them.  And as intimated peeling the skin won't help as the stuff goes right into the flesh.  Bad bad.

Another potato thing to avoid is if you see any green.  This is a toxin the potato makes when it is under stress. It helps ward of disease and insects.  If bugs will avoid it you know it is not good for you.

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@panini OMG!  Roundup is suspected as a major contributor to the great rise in neurological disorders for newborns, and perhaps many other disorders as well.

Many organic items are double or more the price, but for commomn potatoes, carrots, and greens you're typically looking at just a 20% premium here in the Northeast, and I suspect most elsewhere these days.  The modest extra expense for these particular items is very well justified.

Things like roundup get right into the soil, then into ground water, and herbicides to stop eye growth are sprayed directly on the potatoes.

But a fast-decay type of insecticide would be relatively benign in comparison to the above.  Organic farmers use everything from spraying garlic-tainted water (works great for some bugs I understand) to natural insect predators like lady bugs (aphid control) and certain wasps.

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