Why You Should Think Twice Before Eating Sprouted Potatoes
By KAREN VEAZEY
Sprouting appears when potatoes have been sitting for too long, and though the potatoes are still good to eat, make sure to remove these sprouts first. However, if the potato has taken on a green tint, it's time to throw it out.
The green color is caused by the increase in chlorophyll, indicating that the glycoalkaloid level has risen and could be a risk. Consuming these potatoes can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, flushing, confusion, and fever.
Most people with mild symptoms can recuperate at home, but a doctor’s visit is needed for severe cases like dehydration. Pregnant women should avoid sprouted potatoes and any that show green coloring altogether, as research indicates that there can be an increased risk of birth defects among those who eat sprouted potatoes.