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Asked by Francesca Feil in
Desserts, Snacks, and Treats

Can green potato chips make you sick?


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Leann Raynor
November 13, 2019 5:34PM

Technically, yes, but you’d have to eat such a large amount of them that it’s not worth worrying about.

First, let’s understand why parts of potatoes turn green. Potatoes, for the most part, are grown underground, but occasionally, a small part might be exposed to sunlight. Those exposed parts turn green as chlorophyll begins to form. Although most of these colorful outliers don’t make it onto the grocery store shelves, the occasional green potato might go overlooked, and this is why you might see a slice in one of your snack bags.

In terms of safety, chlorophyll is both tasteless and nontoxic. However, as a potato turns green, conditions are right for it to synthesize a glycoalkaloid poison called solanine, which potatoes produce to defend against insects and predators. Ingesting large amounts of solanine can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms—including death. The good news is that those toxic levels would equate to eating several pounds of green potatoes.

Long story short, the moderate solanine formation in one or two errant potato chips is not enough to do any harm.

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Akashii Friend
December 02, 2019 5:10AM
YES it can be....careful
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George Smith
November 28, 2019 9:18AM
Yes, it can be harmfull and will you make sick.
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Kimberly kephart
November 22, 2019 10:30PM
yes if the green stuff is mold
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Holistic Technologies
November 23, 2019 7:26AM
YES it can be... Be careful
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26J Salazar
November 24, 2019 4:04AM
well, people say thats dangoues. you can boil it. or take the bad stuff from it. and it also bad for your health.
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Cecilia Capece
November 26, 2019 10:48PM
yes here is why poison called solanine.” Solanine, in large enough amounts, is really bad for you — it can cause “vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and even paralysis of the central nervous system,” per Snopes. But don't worry too much. One would have to eat about twenty or so green potatoes in a day to fall ill
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Ruby Whitaker
November 25, 2019 10:13PM
technically they can but you have to eat a large amount so they can and they can't.
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Arianna Bafumi
6 days ago
yes ive learned the hard way. not fun dud
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John Victor
5 days ago
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Emily Dickieson
November 25, 2019 7:25PM
Yes they look discusting it makes me sick to even think about them
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Abigail Card
November 25, 2019 10:04PM
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Elizabeth Lee
November 25, 2019 5:36PM
yes it might be moldy or it has cemicales
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Heritage Juma Desert Camp
November 25, 2019 1:42PM
Every once in a while — less often than a few years ago — you’ll open a bag of potato chips and see one which isn’t like the others. It’s green-ish, especially around the edges, like the salty tasty snack chip above. And it is safe to eat. heritagejumadesertcamp
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AngelPlayz - Brawl Stars
November 24, 2019 4:15PM
They make you do choro.
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Oiamik Official
November 27, 2019 6:09AM
I like green potato chips but this is harmful to the body. go this link and see more info. love-kankei
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David Jett loveall
November 27, 2019 7:32PM
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Paul A. Pacheco
November 28, 2019 12:01AM
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Emily Goodenough
November 25, 2019 6:09PM
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Emily Goodenough
November 22, 2019 7:59PM
Probably they must be moldy 🤮
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Natasha Moore
November 22, 2019 5:05PM
Yes, think about it mold is green sometimes. Alot of vegatibles are green too so to much of that can make you sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dylan Hippler
November 22, 2019 2:29PM