Clansgian at wmconnect.com
Clansgian at wmconnect.com
Sun Mar 18 08:56:46 EDT 2007
Of course, the actual green of the potato is harmless. That's chlorophyll.
It's just that when chlorophyll forms, so does solanine. The green in only an
indicator and not the poison itself.
As to foods causing or worstening certain conditions: About two years ago I
developed a weakness in one knee. Along about evening time the joint would be
painful and give way easily. Probably the tendon rather than the joint. It
happened over about an 18 month period. The advice was profuse. Thake this
supplement, that vitamin, that mineral, eat this food, avoid that food. What
I did was ..... nothing. Suddenly one day it went away and hasn't returned
since. Had I stopped eating peanuts or started eating walnuts every day or
some such, I might be inclined to say "See, that's the cause or that's the cure."
Given time most health problems come and go.
It was during that time I began to pay attention to the warnings about this
or that food. While I've heard the universal bad effects of potatoes and all
nightshade plants, I've also heard just about the exact same story about wheat,
corn, diary, soybeans, brassica, pome fruit, meat, eggs, and almost every
other food you can name. If you took all these seriously, you'd just starve to
death and be done with it.
A lot of modern alarmism comes from not understanding how human chemistry
works. Since, as in this case, solanine is poisonous in large enough quantities,
it is assumed then that small amounts of it must be doing some small but
We injest toxins all the time. There are small amounts of arsenic in ALL
naturally occuring drinking water. Foods are creating small amounts of formic
acid as a matter of course. Etc. Then there are intentional toxins such as
alcohol and acetic acid. The human body has "chemical channels" specificially
designed to deal with these toxins. Until the toxin rises to a certain level
(swamping the chemical channel), it is the same as if it weren't present at all.
The important thing to keep in mind when viewing such things as the safety
of potatoes is that it isn't a matter of keeping the exposure to solanine low
enough to keep the cumulative effect low, rather until you pass the toxic
level, it has no effect on you whatever.
Potatoes are such a balanced food (having a starch to protein ration similar
to wheat IF you eat the skin) and rich in minerals, fiber, and a host of
beneficial phytochemicals, that avoiding them, or their skins, is a nutritional
mistake when compared to the low to nonexistent danger from solanine.
Someone I knew, alas a sickly person, was in a position where all he had
available to him vegetable wise was commercially canned vegetables (metal cans).
He didn't eat them and explained that he had read that the vegetables were
rasied in such a way and processed in such a way as to make them far less
nutritious than fresh vegetables. No doubt. But the nutritional difference between
commercially canned vegetables and fresh organic produce is only a tiny
fraction of the difference between canned vegetables and no vegetables at all!
Like that, potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes are a vast resource of
nutrition which far, far outweigh the theorectical risk from other of their
constituent chemicals. </HTML>
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