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Can Rotten Potatoes Kill You? [Truth Revealed]

Do you know eating 16 ounces of sprouted Potatoes can make 100 lbs person sick while a single stash of rotten Potatoes can make a person faint and even kill the victim?

A member of the Nightshade plant family, Potatoes contain glycoalkaloids, and rotten ones emit deadly solanine gas. Consumption of such rotten Potatoes causes solanine poisoning with signs like headache, confusion, diarrhea, dizziness and, in severe cases, coma, paralysis and even death.

Although our body can tolerate minor levels of Potato poisoning, anything above 40mg of solanine per 100g of rotten Potatoes can be fatal.

Thus, read till the end of the article, so you know how hazardous Potatoes can become with signs of poisoning.

Are Rotten Potatoes Dangerous?

Albeit in smaller concentrations, all Potatoes contain glycoalkaloids which increase over time with rotting.

Thus, rotten Potatoes have a much higher concentration of glycoalkaloids, making them dangerous.

Furthermore, excess glycoalkaloids in rotten potatoes release highly toxic solanine gas that can kill whoever breathes it.

The rotten Potatoes have black patches, mold on the wrinkled skin and a softer mushy texture with a horrifying smell.

Furthermore, spoiled Potatoes infected with fungus also release foul-smelling brown liquid.

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The solanine tolerance varies from person to person, and hence the signs of poisoning differ despite equal exposure to rotten Potatoes.

Direct skin contact with such liquid is usually harmless but can induce allergic reactions in some with sensitive skin.

Nonetheless, rotten Potatoes are so deadly that an entire Russian family was found dead after inhaling rotten potatoes gas.

So, if you notice any signs of rotting in Potatoes, even if it is partially rotten, you should avoid eating them altogether.

What Happens If You Eat Rotten Potatoes?

Inhaling the gas released by rotten Potatoes can make people sick and even kill some, so we can expect similar consequences after eating them.

Eating rotten Potatoes results in solanine poisoning with symptoms like:
  • Headaches
  • Stomach cramps
  • Confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness & hallucinations
  • High Fever
  • Slowed breathing and pulse

Such poisoning symptoms develop within an hour or two after consuming rotten Potatoes and vanish within 24 hours.

However, severe poisoning without any medical help can result in paralysis, coma and cause death.

Remember, the signs of poisoning can vary depending on the individual’s body weight ratio and tolerance to the alkaloid.

Therefore, you should seek emergency medical help to avoid accidents by calling the poison control center at 800-222-1222.

Editors Note

Store Potatoes in a Cool, Dark Place!

Be it Potatoes slightly turning green, rotten partially or entirely, dispose of and avoid eating them to avoid any form of poisoning.

Likewise, store Potatoes in a dark, cool place without light exposure to keep them fresh without risking rapid toxin formation.

All The Best!