Do you know why non-organic potatoes are always shiny and organic potatoes not the prettiest looking?

Russet potatoes are among the top of the list in vegetables with the highest antioxidants and red potatoes has twice the amount of flavonoids compared to regular potatoes. Hence, organic russet or red potato bag is a staple in my household. But during the beginning of quarantine, I had to let go of my pickiness and had to get a bag of non-organic gold potatoes (only ones available). I was shocked 😲 to discover this gold potato in perfect condition more than 2 months later while I was cleaning my pantry. And the organic russet potato that I got less than 2 weeks back was sprouting all over.


I knew potatoes were part of EWGs dirty dozen and hence bought organic when possible https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php#dirty-dozen


This discovery made me put on my curious hat and on digging deeper found that non-organic potato 🥔 plants are sprayed with pesticides, the soil is treated with fungicide, and after harvesting potato are treated with herbicide chlorpropham that prevents sprouting and increases the shelf life of potatoes and makes them look perfect. Isn’t this crazy?!
Thanks to the tightly regulated organic food regulations in the USA we can be rest assured these toxic chemicals will not get to us if we buy organic 🌱

Niti Shah

Niti Shah

Niti is a health detective who will treat you and not just your symptoms. Her approach is mirrored in the practice name- Back2Basics- treat the root cause and symptoms will disappear. Her mission is to create health and reverse disease by using both undo and redo buttons of functional medicine. Since we are drowning in information, her goal is to not overload you but rather synthesize and give you practical strategies to attain exceptional outcomes. She will meet you where you are in your health and wellness spectrum and guide you further.

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