Recently, I had some absolutely delicious beef stew my wife Martha made.
She prepped the stew beef, carrots, seasoning, and everything else except for one thing.
She asked me to cut them up put them in the slow cooker and set it to low while she took care of our youngest who was adamantly calling for her.
So I did exactly that, but…
I made a dire mistake I would pay for later that night.
Here’s what happened:
I grabbed a few potatoes, aggressively scrubbed them off in the sink, and got to cutting them up.
I proceeded to put them in the slow cooker without even considering an important step that would have made my future self a whole lot happier:
Peeling the skin off.
Potato skin has a boatload of nutrients like potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and more…
But it also can contain an unhealthy amount of glycoalkaloids depending on the source which can wreak havoc on the digestive system.
That day we ran some errands, enjoyed time together as a family, and when dinner time came around… we ate.
The flavor was amazing, and even our 2 year old liked it so you know it was good (considering she’s in her extra picky phase with food right now).
Naturally, I devoured my hearty serving of stew.
Then helped Martha finish off the last little bit of her not-quite-as-large serving.
And within hours, I didn’t feel right.
Moments later, the sharp stomach pain set in.
It got to the point where I had to sit in weird positions to get it to ease off a bit.
My wife said she was fine, my daughter who had some was fine, and I had no doubt my youngest was fine because she’s not quite eating solids yet.
If you told me I had razor blades in my stomach, I’d believe you.