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Toxic potassium in fruits?

Answered on November 15, 2014
Created September 14, 2014 at 7:22 AM

I've come across articles mentioning due to the use of superphosphate fertilisers that fruits may not be such a good potassium source due to toxic forms of potassium. I've never heard of this before, but its a new idea and I'm a little confused by it. 

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on September 15, 2014
at 09:38 PM

Is it weird if now I kind of wish this was true? ;)

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on September 15, 2014
at 02:13 PM

If this were true there would be no durianrider.

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on September 14, 2014
at 12:53 PM

I had to google "toxic potassium" to figure what you're talking about. Just ignore that pseudo-science BS. The logic is like "possasium is used in lethal injections, we fertilize plants with potassiums, therefore plants have toxic potassium", pure nonsense. 

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on September 14, 2014
at 07:15 PM

And water-boarding is torture, and we give water to our fruits!

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on September 15, 2014
at 02:01 PM

I saw something similar in the pseudo-scientific demonization of sucralose, arguments that went like this: 'in sucralose the OH is replaced by Cl and since Cl is a toxic gas, then sucralose is super-toxic and will kill you and your entire family and your pet hamster'. I wonder if they know what salt is made out of lol. 

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on November 15, 2014
at 07:44 AM

Was this a Dr L Wilson article on fruit eating?

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on September 15, 2014
at 02:11 PM

It's nothing to be concerned about below 100 bananas a day. That's 3x as many calories as I eat in a day, and more bananas than I eat in a year.

http://www.brainstuffshow.com/blog/can-you-die-from-eating-too-many-bananas/

 

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