Have you ever stored potatoes in the fridge? This is why you should never do it again Have you ever stored potatoes in the fridge? This is why you should never do it again
When it comes to storing food, there is always conflicting advice or old wives’ tales about the best thing to do. You might think... Have you ever stored potatoes in the fridge? This is why you should never do it again

When it comes to storing food, there is always conflicting advice or old wives’ tales about the best thing to do.

You might think that colder is better – after all, fridges are for keeping food fresh – and you could be tempted to put all your perishable groceries in there.

But there’s one food you should never refrigerate, according to the Foods Standards Agency .

The FSA website explains: “The most important food not to keep in the fridge are potatoes.

“When these are stored in the fridge, the starch in the potato is converted to sugar. When baked or fried, these sugars combine with the amino acid asparagine and produce the chemical acrylamide, which is thought to be harmful.”

A jacket potato with butter, salt and pepper, on a wooden chopping board
Baking refrigerated potatoes could produce the chemical

Raw potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place – just not in the refrigerator.

What is acrylamide?

This is a chemical used in industrial processes such as the production of paper, dyes and plastics. Traces can generally be found in consumer products, such as food packaging – but it has also been found in foods.

Why is it dangerous?

A quick online search of acrylamide immediately tells you that the chemical has been linked to cancer.

The cancer.gov website explains: “Studies in rodent models have found that acrylamide exposure poses a risk for several types of cancer.”

What is it found in?

Potato chips and French fries have been found to contain higher levels of the substance compared with other foods.

Potatoes
Keep them in a cool, dry place (Photo: Getty)

Should I stop eating certain foods?

The FSA says: “The Agency does not advise people to stop eating any of these foods, but you should follow Department of Health advice from the NHS Choices website on eating a healthy, balanced diet.

“We also recommend that, when making chips at home, they are cooked to a light golden colour. Bread should be toasted to the lightest colour acceptable.

“However, manufacturers’ instructions for frying or oven-heating foods should be followed carefully.”

If you’re making chips, make sure they are cooked to a light golden colour

Should we be worried?

According to cancer.gov, “the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a ‘major concern’ and that more research is needed to determine the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure.

Although the chemical has been linked with cancer in studies with rodents, human studies are still incomplete.

However, the FSA does advice that you should never keep potatoes in your fridge.

Henry Okafor

  • Kita

    November 19, 2016 #1 Author

    I use to always put mine in the fridge I don’t know why but I thought it would keep them fresh longer but I recently stopped because I would forget about them but very helpful article thanks .

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  • Essence Bates

    November 19, 2016 #2 Author

    I never knew that you were not suppose refrigerate potatoes. I find it interesting that the start startch in the potatoes turns into sugar after it is refrigerated for a while.

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  • Shawn

    November 19, 2016 #3 Author

    I usually go by if it grows outside it doesn’t need to be in the fridge..unless you would rather the item he cold.😬

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  • Dynisha Johnson

    November 19, 2016 #4 Author

    I use too always put mines in the fridge I’m glad I stopped

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  • Lateshia Leonard

    November 19, 2016 #5 Author

    Never knew this pretty interesting

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  • Brielle

    November 19, 2016 #6 Author

    Thanks to this article, I will stop putting them in the fridge!

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  • Jewel

    November 19, 2016 #7 Author

    I used to always put them in the refrigerator. And i always thought it would keep them fresh longer. This article is very helpful.

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  • Nichole

    November 19, 2016 #8 Author

    Oh wow I always put them in the refrigerator! very helpful, now I need to tell my husband about it LOL 🙂

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  • Tavionna

    November 19, 2016 #9 Author

    Wow I had no idea! I’ve always put my potatoes in the refrigerator I thought it made them last longer

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  • Sinead Gantt

    November 19, 2016 #10 Author

    I never knew that and I always put mine in the refrigerator….. Learn something new everyday

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  • Nikaila

    November 19, 2016 #11 Author

    My Sister Used To Always Put Her Potatoes And Always For Got About Them Now I’m Going To Tell Her !!!

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  • Tennille Myers

    November 19, 2016 #12 Author

    WOW I NEVER KNEW THAT!! GREAT TIP.

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  • tatianna

    November 19, 2016 #13 Author

    i never did it because it got old fast that way too

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  • Rochelle Absolon

    November 20, 2016 #14 Author

    I use to do it but thanks for the advice, now I know.

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  • Mel

    November 20, 2016 #15 Author

    Valuable info! I will stop putting them in the fridge now!!

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  • A’shawntavia

    November 20, 2016 #16 Author

    this article was very helpful thanks for the advice.

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  • Jadaisha Stephens

    November 20, 2016 #17 Author

    Thanks to this article I would never store my potatoes in the fridge again

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  • LaTandrian Kemp

    November 20, 2016 #18 Author

    Okay.

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  • LaTandrian Kemp

    November 20, 2016 #19 Author

    I use to do this all the time. No more.

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  • Abreanna Levy

    November 21, 2016 #20 Author

    I Didn’t know this. But now I do. Wow that’s interesting but its always good to learn something new…

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  • Tiera Hardin

    November 21, 2016 #21 Author

    Oh my! I never knew you weren’t supposed to put them in the fridge. I always assumed that it would keep them fresher, and more crisp. Wow! I guess you learn something new every day, I’ll be waaay more cautious in the future! Great read, though!

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  • Tiera Hardin

    November 21, 2016 #22 Author

    Wow! I used to do this. I won’t be doing it anymore.

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