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Where to keep potatoes to live longer?

Where to keep potatoes to live longer?

For years, we've been told to keep potatoes in a cool, dark place rather than the refrigerator because of concerns about acrylamide, which is linked to a higher chance of cancer.

It was originally thought that storing raw potatoes in the refrigerator could lead to the formation of extra sugars, which could then be converted to acrylamide when fried or baked.

But the Food Standards Agency updated guidance earlier this year to say that's not the case – and storing your potatoes in the fridge can significantly reduce this element.

Acrylamide is a natural byproduct of the cooking process and has always been present in our foods. It is usually found in baked potatoes, French fries and potato chips.

It was previously believed that storing potatoes in the refrigerator could increase the potential for acrylamide formation. But a study, which was reviewed by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, showed that this is not the case.

Passionate potato advocates - including the UK's biggest potato supplier, Branston - said the FSA's change in advice could dramatically reduce food waste.

Potatoes stored in the refrigerator can live 3 times longer, undamaged, than those stored in the cupboard.