Are potatoes radioactive?

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asked Mar 4 in Other-Food Drink by Riper5906 (970 points)
Are potatoes radioactive?

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answered Mar 4 by peter1522 (3,320 points)
Yes the potatoes we eat are slightly radioactive.

Although the potatoes are radioactive it's not enough radiation to cause harm to our health or kill you when eating the potatoes.

You can even use a potato as a battery as it does contain some electricity and can light up a light bulb.

We did this in school before as an experiment and used a voltage meter to test the voltage in the potatoes and it put out some volts.

I cannot remember exactly the amount of volts in the potato but I think it was around 110 volts that was coming out of the potato.

So yes potatoes do produce electricity and are slightly radioactive and some other foods are also radioactive but they are still healthy and safe to eat them.

Small amounts of radiation are all around us and not harmful but when you get too much radiation it becomes a problem and sometimes cancer can result.
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answered Mar 12 by Deanhow (640 points)
Potatoes are indeed radioactive but only slightly radioactive.

The potatoes do not contain enough radiation to harm you.

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