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Should conventional white potatoes be avoided?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I just read an article that reminded me how much of a fungicide, pesticide and chemical sponge potatoes are...which kind of ruins my day since I need like 20lbs a week to keep up with my workouts.

Should I really try to avoid 'dirty' produce at all costs? Or just pretend I never read the article?

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Organic farming uses pesticides.

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:26 PM

haha that method works with most conventional meats

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:14 PM

just do what i do...stick your fingers in your ears and go "lalalalalalalalalallal"really loud.

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:58 PM

dammit haha I hate bad news

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:54 PM

at a farmers market this farmer told me if i was to eat only 1 thing organic, it would be potatoes. He says hes terrified of eating "conventional grown" potatoes.. I have a friend that lives in PEI (prince edward island), one of the top places to grow potatoes and he mentioned that for the none organic poatoes, planes spray all the plants to kill them so they can be harvested.. Kinda made me think a little ..

I personally took his advice. but with regards to your question, i stick with the more obvious ones, like the ones in the dirty dozen and such

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:14 PM

just do what i do...stick your fingers in your ears and go "lalalalalalalalalallal"really loud.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:26 PM

haha that method works with most conventional meats

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:58 PM

dammit haha I hate bad news

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:33 PM

Don't be fooled in thinking that organic vegetables are always best. In fact studies conducted on a range of organic vegetables showed that some can contain high levels of pesticides. Its believed that pesticide sprayed by neighbouring farm lands gets carried in the wind and can "pollute" neighbouring produce. Same with chemicals that leach into the soils.

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Organic farming uses pesticides.

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:45 PM

I have personally planted, grown, and harvested non-organic potatoes that ended up sold in grocery stores in Washington state. There were certainly pesticides used, but I didn't observe anything like what Tal's friend did. It didn't seem much worse than a number of other vegetables or fruits also raised there.

Plus, if you peel and cook potatoes (something not done to a lot of produce) the chemicals become greatly reduced:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/146066/does-boiling-food-reduce-pesticides#axzz2IeGSASUN

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:42 PM

What about conventional sweet potatoes? They're on the Clean 15 I believe.

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Yah. I have read basically what Tal says above. Potato farmers wouldn't touch a conventional potato with a ten foot pole. That should tell you something.

Potatoes are slippery little devils. You also have to be really aware of their freshness and how they were stored. I find that about 50% of the time by the time I bring potatoes home from the store and get around to cooking them (usually a few days) they've greened. Which might be worse than a non green conventional potato. Who knows.

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:06 PM

It is #9 on the dirty dozen:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#slide-10

If there is a Trader Joe near you, they have fairly affordable organic white potatoes.

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