Potatoes are usually cooked before eating, as they are more digestible and tastier when cooked. Cooking also reduces the solanine content, a substance found in potatoes that can be toxic in high doses. Solanine is mostly found under the skin and around the sprouting of potatoes, so it's important to peel them well and remove any sprouts before cooking.
Cooking potatoes can be done in different ways like boiling, steaming, baking, microwave cooking, etc. Each cooking method has its advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to choose the one that best suits what you want to achieve. For example, steaming preserves the nutrients in potatoes, while baking or grilling gives them a nice crispy crust.
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