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Eat Organic Potatoes

Wed 16th May, 2012 - 9:16am by Emma Cockrell


The next food on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is potatoes.

In the USA potatoes have been found with residue from more than 35 pesticides, so I would guess that in the UK potatoes also carry a high chemical residue. Buy organic potatoes and enjoy cooking with the flavoursome  skin still on.  Try scrubbing the skin and then cutting potatoes into wedges.  Toss in a little extra virgin olive oil and then bake in a medium oven until just cooked for an alternative to chips. For a variation sprinkle with mixed herbs or add freshly ground black pepper and rosemary before baking.

Any clients who are on a Nutritionhelp programme to address gut ecology need to ensure that potatoes are not over-cooked. Erica White writes in her Beat Candida Cookbook:

The trouble with potato is that, if it is overcooked so that it is soft and fluffy, it very quickly converts to glucose once eaten.  You need to stop it cooking at just the point when it is cooked but still fairly firm, and at this stage you get most of the vitamins and minerals from it.  Because of its readiness to turn to glucose, I am rather wary of recipes which call for mashed potato, but provided it started off as a firm cooked potato, I think it fairly safe to use….